World Water Day is today, March 22,
and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special
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layperson’s guides and other water publications.
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On tap this June is our Bay-Delta Tour that traverses the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands
and canals that supports the state’s water system and is
California’s most crucial water and ecological resource.
For the bulk of her career, Jayne
Harkins has devoted her energy to issues associated with the
management of the Colorado River, both with the U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation and with the Colorado River Commission of Nevada.
Now her career is taking a different direction. In a Western Water Q&A, Harkins talks about her new
role and her priorities as U.S. Commissioner of the United States
section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The
U.S.-Mexico agency oversees myriad water matters between the two
countries as they seek to sustainably manage the supply and water
quality of the Colorado River, including its once-thriving Delta
in Mexico, and other rivers the two countries share.
Recent rains have left the San
Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs in better shape, but groundwater
depletion and the resulting ground subsidence continue to beset
farmers and water managers. What will this year hold? How are
regional stakeholders meeting the requirements of the Sustainable
Groundwater Management Act? And will there be enough water this
year to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the
Your best opportunity to understand the challenges and
opportunities of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket
is to join us on our Central Valley Tour April
Former Interior Secretary and
Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt will be the distinguished speaker
2019 Anne J. Schneider Lecture on April 3 at the Crocker Art
Museum in downtown Sacramento.
Babbitt’s talk is titled “Parting the Waters — Will It Take a
The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Crocker Art Museum’s Setzer
Auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with
Ellen Hanak, director of the Public Policy Institute of
California’s Water Policy Center, and a reception. Here
is where to sign up for the event, which is free.
The San Joaquin Valley, known as the
nation’s breadbasket, grows a cornucopia of fruits, nuts and
other agricultural products.
During our three-day Central Valley Tour April
3-5, you will meet farmers who will explain how they prepare
the fields, irrigate their crops and harvest the produce that
helps feed the nation and beyond. We also will drive through
hundreds of miles of farmland and visit the rivers, dams,
reservoirs and groundwater wells that provide the water.
A multipronged effort to engage with
economically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in
the Santa Ana River watershed to learn what their water needs are
and how those needs could be met will be highlighted March 29 at
Ana River Watershed Conference in Orange County.
An array of speakers will discuss the innovative work they’ve
been doing, some of the things they’ve learned and tools they’ve
developed during a panel discussion at the daylong event,
Moving Forward Together: From Planning to Action
Across the Watershed, being held at Cal State
We’re on the road this week with our
three-day tour of the Lower Colorado
River to explore water infrastructure, farms and habitat
restoration efforts (you can follow along on Twitter!), but there is
still time to join one of our other 2019 tours to learn about key
water resource issues in California.
Weave through the nation’s
breadbasket and gain a better understanding of water issues
and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s
Central Valley Tour
This tour visits farms and major infrastructure, such as
Friant Dam near Fresno and San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s
largest off-stream reservoir and a key water facility
serving both the State Water Project and the federal Central
The Public Policy Institute of
California has long cited water
management in the Santa Ana River watershed as one of the
foremost examples of integrated, multi-benefit water management
planning in the state.
At the March 29th Santa
Ana River Watershed Conference in Orange County, the
Hanak will put the top managers of the watershed’s five
major water districts on the hot seat to uncover the region’s
latest innovations and find out what the next generation of
integrated water management planning looks like.
In the meantime, a water utility that serves the Imperial Valley,
where the Salton Sea is located in southeastern California, wants
$200 million from the federal government for the lake’s
restoration efforts before signing the Drought Contingency Plan
for the Colorado River.
You can see this sea up close during our Lower Colorado River
Tour, Feb. 27-March 1, when we will visit the fragile
ecosystem and hear from several stakeholders working to address
challenges facing the sea.
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Go deep into one of California’s
most pressing issues – groundwater -
by visiting an extensometer that measures subsidence,
an active aquifer storage and recovery well, a recycling facility
that recharges water into the ground and more.
Our popular Layperson’s Guide
to the Colorado River has just been updated to reflect the
latest developments along America’s most contested and
meticulously managed river, including efforts to reach agreement
on a critical drought contingency plan, an assessment of certain
tribal water rights and a new binational water agreement with
The Colorado River provides water to more than 35 million people
and 4 million acres of farmland in a region encompassing some
246,000 square miles in the southwestern United States and
to mid-career water professionals from across California
have been chosen for the 2019 William R. Gianelli Water
Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly
competitive and respected career development program.
The State Water Resources Control Board’s recently approved plan
to increase flows through the San Joaquin River and its
tributaries to help improve conditions for fish in the Bay-Delta
estuary sparked passionate arguments over who holds the rights to
California’s waters — and whose rights are senior to
So what’s the difference between a senior water right and a
junior water right? Or a riparian right and an appropriative
right? How are they determined? And how does the concept of
public trust come into play?