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:
You still have a few days left to score a holiday water bargain: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Regularly priced at $20 for the map and $15 for the guide, this bundle allows you to purchase both of these high-quality products for $25. Please note they ship separately.
Deepen your knowledge of California water issues at our popular Water 101 Workshop and jump aboard the bus the next day to visit 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.
Here’s a special holiday gift offer for the water wonk in your life: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Order here by Dec. 18 to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.
There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim climate change forecast.
People who have dealt with river management issues for decades are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably sharing a vital resource.
Water is one of California’s most important resources. And since 1977 the Water Education Foundation has been helping policymakers, teachers, journalists and the public gain a better understanding of water in California – and the challenges the state confronts as people weigh how water should be used, especially in times of scarcity.
Fun, friendship, invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, informative tours, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water. These are some of the things past Water Leaders say they have gained from our yearlong program for early or mid-career professionals.
Registration is now open for one of our most popular events – Water 101, which for the first time will include an optional daylong tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to give participants a close-up look at the hub of California’s water system.
Water 101, to to be held Feb. 22 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.
The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and stretches into Mexico.
Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.
Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. Tickets are now on sale.
In addition to our five annual tours below, we will be offering a two-day Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offered this tour in 2017 to great success and have received requests to conduct it again.
The only thing predictable about California’s climate is its unpredictability and variability.
Large parts of the state feature a Mediterranean climate with wet winters and long, dry summers. The presence or absence of just a few large storms in California can make the difference between an above-average water year and a drought. Climate change threatens California through more extreme events – hotter, longer droughts and severe storms that strain the existing flood management system.
Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor.
Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic. The project is turned into a report with policy recommendations that is presented to the Water Education Foundation’s Board of Directors toward the end of the year.
Members of our popular Water Leaders program increase their knowledge of the state’s most precious natural resource while creating fond memories spent on water tours and at events with their classmates and working on the team project.
The yearly class began at the Water Education Foundation in 1997. Now, 20 years later we are hosting a Water Leaders reunion as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration Oct. 26 in Sacramento.
A few tickets are still available for our Nov. 1-2 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, a once-a-year educational opportunity to see the program’s progress first-hand. The tour begins and ends in Fresno with an overnight stay in Los Banos.
The Water Education Foundation opened its doors in 1977 when California was in the second year of a major drought, and it quickly became a vital source of nonpartisan, in-depth information about water resources in California and the West.
Over the years, the Foundation has provided a vast repertoire of news, educational materials and programs designed to increase awareness about water, including tours of key watersheds, workshops, a quarterly magazine, Western Water, and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).
When the Water Education Foundation first produced its iconic California water map in 1979, a side of beef donated by a rancher was raffled off at a major water conference to help fund its creation. Today, the maps are displayed at highway rest stops and offices up and down the state.
The hot water topic back in 1982 was the Peripheral Canal. When the Foundation first wrote about the proposal for Western Water magazine, some 10,000 extra copies were sold at 35 cents each.