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San Joaquin Valley’s Water Issues and Challenges Explored on Central Valley Tour March 14-16
Tour participants visit dams, water projects, farms, wildlife areas and more on educational trek through valley

Guests talk with farmer Joe Del Bosque on Central Valley TourWeave through the nation’s breadbasket and get a better understanding of water issues and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour March 14-16

Sign-ups are now underway for the tour, the first of the Foundation’s six general tours for 2018


Enjoy San Joaquin Valley History and Culture on Our Central Valley Tour in March
Stops include local winery, restaurants and historic Miller & Lux ranch headquarters

Our tours are famous for not only being packed with diverse educational opportunities about California water, but showcasing local culture. Our Central Valley Tour on March 14-16 lets you unwind at a few San Joaquin Valley gems and hear stories that go back generations. Act now to take advantage of our special early bird discount, it expires Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 6:00 p.m.


Annual Tour of Bay-Delta Region, Key to California Water, Set For May 16-18
Early-bird prices good through April 16 for tour of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay

Join us this spring on our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, as we start out exploring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that provides a funnel for drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 3 million acres of farmland.


Western Water Launches Online Coverage With Climate Scientist Q&A, ‘On the Road’ Visit
UCLA scientist Daniel Swain talks about California weather, its water supply and a drought-inducing ridge

Western Water, a trusted news source on water resource issues since 1977, is now online with a Q&A with climate scientist Daniel Swain and an On the Road feature about Mendota Pool, one of the stops on our Central Valley Tour next month.

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel

Roster of Speakers, Topics Unveiled for Feb. 22 Water 101 Workshop
Learn about California water basics and go beyond the headlines; jump on the bus for the optional Delta tour the next day

Learn from top experts at our annual Water 101 Workshop about the history, hydrology and law behind California water as well as hot topics such as groundwater, climate change and the Delta. For the first time, the workshop offers an optional tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta the next day.


Water 101 Workshop on Feb. 22 Includes an Inside Look at the Legislature
Learn about the water-related topics being addressed by state lawmakers and how bills move through the Legislature

Some of the biggest decisions in California water come from the Legislature. In recent years, state lawmakers passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, perhaps the most important water-related law in 100 years.


Explore Diverse Wildlife Habitat on Central Valley Tour March 14-16
Learn how water is managed in ecologically fragile areas and which species benefit

Water in the Central Valley supports more than just farms and cities – it supports ecological wonders, endangered species and a diverse array of wildlife.

On our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, you will visit wildlife habitat areas – some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large dams and other infrastructure.


2018 Water Leaders Class Examines How Big Data Can Improve Resource Management
Up-and-coming water professionals chosen for highly competitive program

Twenty-two early to mid-career water professionals have been chosen for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive career development program.


Tour the Lower Colorado River in April and See the ‘Lifeblood of the Southwest’ Up Close
Join us as we visit Hoover Dam and other infrastructure, wildlife refuges, farming regions and the Salton Sea

Tickets are now on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s April 11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit key sites along one of the nation’s most famous rivers, including a private tour of Hoover Dam, Central Arizona Project’s Mark Wilmer pumping plant and the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The tour also visits the Salton Sea, Slab City, the All-American Canal and farming regions in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.


Central Valley Tour Offers Unique View of San Joaquin Valley’s Key Dams and Reservoirs
March 14-16 tour includes major federal and state water projects

Get a unique view of the San Joaquin Valley’s key dams and reservoirs that store and transport water on our March Central Valley Tour.

Our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, offers a broad view of water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. In addition to the farms, orchards, critical habitat for threatened bird populations, flood bypasses and a national wildlife refuge, we visit some of California’s major water infrastructure projects.


Western Water Expands Resource Coverage With Online Move
Sign Up Now for Foundation's flagship publication, known for in-depth water coverage

Western Water, the Foundation’s flagship publication, has been providing respected, in-depth coverage of water resource issues in California and the Colorado River Basin in a print format since 1977. Beginning this year, Western Water is moving online.


Get a Primer on California’s Complicated Water Rights System at Water 101 Workshop
Feb. 22 workshop includes optional Delta Tour the next day

California’s complicated water rights system was highlighted in recent years as state regulators curtailed some water rights due to the drought. That action prompted some water rights holders to go to court to retain their rights. Others called for a revamping of the water rights system all together. And more recently, some have called for giving a water right to the environment.


Water 101 Workshop a Rare Opportunity for New Water District Directors
Once-a-year event gives statewide context to California's most critical resource

Our Water 101 Workshop is a unique, once-a-year opportunity designed to give newly elected water district directors and other participants a chance to go beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding of California water.

Participants at the Feb. 22 workshop at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento will learn from top experts about:


Go Deep into the Nation’s Breadbasket to Explore Water Issues
First three-day Foundation tour of 2018 traverses the San Joaquin Valley

Last year’s winter rains left the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs at above-average levels. But groundwater depletion and the resulting ground subsidence continue to beset farmers and water managers. What does this year hold? And will there be enough water to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the environment?

Your best chance to understand the challenges and opportunities of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket is to join us on our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16.


Three New Members Join Water Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2018

Three new members have joined the Water Education Foundation’s 33-member Board of Directors for 2018. They are Dana “Bart” Fisher Jr., a farmer in the Palo Verde Valley, Yung-Hsin Sun of Stantec, and Richard Aragon with Rancho California Water District.

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

New Year, New Changes at the Water Education Foundation

Happy New Year to all the friends and supporters of the Water Education Foundation!

As we turn the page on 2017 and the year that the Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary, we are looking ahead to exciting changes for 2018.

To start, our popular Water 101 Workshop in February will for the first time include an optional field trip. This year, we will be delving into the Delta for a one-day tour to give participants a close-up view of one of the most pressing and controversial places in water.

Our flagship publication, Western Water magazine, will soon become a completely online news resource free for anyone to get up to speed on the critical water issues facing California and the West. Pulled together by veteran journalists at the Foundation, Western Water has been the trusted source for coverage of the policy, science and legal issues surrounding water since 1977. You can sign up here to get notified via email of our latest articles. If you already get our digital magazine you will automatically be signed up. 


Tickets on Sale for All 2018 Water Tours
Join us in the field for our exciting and educational water experiences

Tickets to the Water Education Foundation 2018 water tours are on sale now!

Our tours are legendary for being packed with educational experiences you will not find anywhere else, networking opportunities with water professionals and fun adventures through the American Southwest.


River Report Examines Climate Change Impact on Colorado River Basin

Drought and climate change are having a noticeable impact on the Colorado River Basin, and that is posing potential challenges to those in the Southwestern United States and Mexico who rely on the river.

In the just-released Winter 2017-18 edition of River Report, writer Gary Pitzer examines what scientists project will be the impact of climate change on the Colorado River Basin, and how water managers are preparing for a future of increasing scarcity.

Press release Jennifer Bowles Gary Pitzer

Water Education Foundation Hires Veteran Journalist to Lead Online News Effort

The Water Education Foundation has hired veteran journalist Douglas E. Beeman as its news & publications director as it prepares to move more of its journalism online, announced Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive director.

Starting in 2018, the Foundation’s premiere water resources magazine, Western Water, will join the world of online media where it will increase the pace of its coverage and expand its reach via social media. Western Water currently is a quarterly print magazine.


2017 Water Leaders Class Releases Policy Recommendations for California’s Water Storage Future

The 2017 Water Leaders class organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for the future of water storage in California.

The class of 20 from various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from cities and towns across the state had full editorial control to chose recommendations. While they did not endorse a specific storage proposal, they recommended that California: