The Water Education Foundation has won a national award for its innovative partnership with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to train schoolteachers across the state on climate science and how they can bring hands-on activities into their classrooms connected to local examples of climate change impacts.
The award was presented today by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry during their virtual Climate Leadership Series and Awards Showcase, Oct. 13-15. The Climate Leadership Awards is a national program that recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change. In all, 24 organizations nationwide were honored this year.
Learn about the drought now plaguing
California and steps being taken to abate the impacts at our
annual Water Summit
later this month, and gain a deeper understanding of the
state’s biggest watershed relied on by millions for drinking
water during our Northern California
Tour this Thursday.
Register now for next week’s virtual
California Tour on Oct. 14 to explore the
Sacramento River and its tributaries and learn about issues
associated with a key source for the state’s water supply,
including the drought now gripping California.
During the afternoon online event, you’ll visit rice farms and
wetlands in the Sacramento Valley and hear from farmers and
environmentalists about efforts to restore runs of endangered
chinook salmon and help birds along the Pacific Flyway. You’ll
also get up close to Oroville Dam, a key component of the State
Water Project, and learn how its two spillways were repaired
following a catastrophic 2017 storm, and visit other major
infrastructure such as Shasta Dam, part of the federal Central
Valley Project. In addition, you’ll visit the area being eyed for
the proposed Sites Reservoir. Seating on the virtual “tour
bus” is limited, so get your ticket
Register today for
our Water Summit,
hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the
afternoon of Oct. 28, to hear a variety of
perspectives detailing the on-the-ground impacts of the the
current drought in California.
Applications will soon be available
for our yearlong Water Leaders class, which will mark its 25th
year in 2022, so now is the time to start polishing those resumes
and seeking support from employers.
One of our most popular programs, the William R. “Bill” Gianelli Water
Leaders class is aimed at providing a deeper
understanding of California water issues and building leadership
skills with class members by studying a water-related topic
in-depth and working with a mentor.
Registration is now open for the
Foundation’s Water Summit,
hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the
afternoon of Oct. 28, followed by an optional in-person
reception during an open-air cruise along the Sacramento River.
With the theme, Pivoting Today’s Pain into Tomorrow’s
Gain, the online event will examine what’s being
done to get through the drought now gripping California and
highlight some of the innovative programs, projects and
partnerships aimed at addressing the challenges.
Our annual premier event now in its 37th year, the Water
Summit features policymakers, water managers and
other water experts who will provide the latest information
and viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and
Join us next Thursday,
Sept. 9, for an engaging online Bay-Delta
Tour that will feature live Q&A with key experts on the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s vital water hub and the
West Coast’s largest freshwater tidal estuary.
You’ll learn about Delta ecosystem restoration, impacts to
ocean fisheries from changes in the Delta, agriculture and
municipal water use and the Delta’s role in supplying water to
Southern California. You’ll hear from farmers, fish biologists,
water managers, people working on restoration efforts and
more. Plus, you’ll get your hands on the newest update of our
Guide to the Delta, published in 2020.
The Water Education Foundation’s
just-released 2020 Annual Report recaps how, even in
the midst of a global pandemic, we continued educating about the
most crucial natural resource in California and the West –
The annual report takes readers along to see the array of
educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year,
including engaging virtual water
tours that educated participants on pressing water
issues and allowed them to interact with each other and a wide
range of experts offering different viewpoints.
Water is flowing once again in the
Colorado River’s delta in Mexico, a vast region that was once a
natural splendor before the iconic Western river was dammed and
diverted, leaving the delta a desert. Now an audacious multi-year
experiment, brokered under a binational agreement, is releasing
river water into the delta floodplain to provide habitat for
birds and wildlife as well as buffer climate change
Our latest article in Western Water
examined the restoration flows, what conservation groups and
others hope to accomplish and how a multi-decade drought that is
forcing water cuts for some Colorado River water users could
affect the effort.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,
the largest estuary on the West Coast, is a vital hub in
California’s complex water delivery system as well as a rich
farming region, an important wetlands area – and often, a source
Join us for an engaging online
journey on Sept. 9 to go deep into
the Delta and its 720,000-acre network of islands and
canals that supports the state’s two large water systems -
the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley
The Water Education Foundation was
hoping to host a few in-person events this fall (and you
told us in a survey that you wanted us to) but with the rise in
the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases, we have decided to
present our Water Summit and Headwaters Tour in a virtual
However, while our annual Water Summit will be virtual on Oct.
28, we are hoping to include an optional outdoor reception
aboard a boat for a Sacramento River cruise. Stay tuned for
Join us for a Sept. 9 virtual
journey into California’s most critical and
controversial water region in the state, the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta, and learn how the drought is impacting water
quality and supply.
The Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals, supports
the state’s two large water systems – the State Water Project and
the federal Central Valley Project – and, together with the San
Francisco Bay, forms an important ecological resource.
Curious about the significance of
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Looking for the latest
information on the drought hitting California and the West? Want
to read up on some of the historic figures in California water?
The Water Education Foundation has an array of online resources
to help you keep up with what’s new, what you need to know and
what you might be curious about involving water in California and
Dear Friends and Supporters of the
Water Education Foundation!
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
At the Foundation, we are busy preparing to move to a new office
near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers,
planning a blend of virtual and in-person programming for
the fall and offering a sale on our beautiful water maps and
guides so we don’t have to move them.
We’re in the final weeks of our
moving sale as we prepare to head to new quarters next month, so
you still have a little time left to knock 30 percent off the
price of our water maps, Layperson’s Guides, DVDs and more.
Use the code MOVINGSALE when you check out
to claim your 30 percent discount and get those updated maps,
guides and DVDs you’ve wanted.