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FLASH SALE: Expand Your Water Knowledge and Save Money Today on World Water Day
Special one-day 25% discount offered for water maps, layperson's guides and more

Three water mapsWorld Water Day is today, March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 25 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications.

Use the promo code WORLDWATERDAY19 when checking out of our online store.


Make a Foundation Water Tour Part of Your Summer Plans
Explore Water Issues from the Sierra Nevada to the San Francisco Bay this June

Time may be running short to register for our Central Valley Tour April 3-5, but get ahead on your summer plans now by signing up for a Foundation water tour to learn about key water resource issues in California.

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.


Agenda Posted for Next Week’s Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Registration for Southern California event closes Friday!

Sign up today to attend next week’s Santa Ana River Watershed Conference in Orange County, where engaging and informative discussions on the region’s most pressing water issues will take place.

Officials from the California Department of Water Resources, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Water Education Foundation will join regional water managers and federal agency representatives at the daylong event, “Moving Forward Together: From Planning to Action Across the Watershed“ at Cal State Fullerton.


Colorado River Veteran Airs Her Priorities As New US Commissioner of IBWC in Latest Western Water Q&A
Jayne Harkins talks about new role along U.S.-Mexico border; plus, get 25% off our maps, guides with special World Water Day discount

Jayne HarkinsFor 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.


Go Deep into the Nation’s Breadbasket to Explore Water Issues on the Central Valley Tour April 3-5
Just a few seats remain for our trip that traverses the San Joaquin Valley

Mendota PoolRecent 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 environment?

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 3-5.


Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to Give Anne J. Schneider Lecture April 3
Babbitt, a former Arizona governor, has a long history of involvement in Western water issues, including in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Former Interior Secretary and Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt will be the distinguished speaker at the 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 Miracle?”

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. 


A Bounty of San Joaquin Valley Crops on Display During Central Valley Tour
Act now, our April 3-5 tour is almost sold out!

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.


Innovative Effort to Engage With Disadvantaged Communities In Santa Ana Watershed Highlighted At March 29 Event
Sponsor, exhibit or apply for a scholarship to attend Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

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 the Santa 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 Fullerton.


Register Now for Our 2019 Water Tours; Follow This Week’s Lower Colorado River Tour On Twitter
New for 2019: Tour of California’s Central Coast and new route for Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada

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.


San Joaquin Valley’s Water Issues and Challenges Explored on Central Valley Tour April 3-5
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 gain a better understanding of water issues and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour April 3-5

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 Valley Project.


Top Managers in Santa Ana Watershed Address Latest Innovations at March 29 Event in Orange County
Sponsor, exhibit or apply for a scholarship to attend Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

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 PPIC’s Ellen 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.


Follow Our Lower Colorado River Tour — And All Our Tours And Events — On Social Media
We'll tweet about people, places and issues as we travel next week from Hoover Dam to the Coachella Valley

Follow along on our water tour of the Lower Colorado River – and keep up with any of our tours and events – through our social media channels.

We’ll post updates on our Twitter account @WaterEdFdn about people, issues and places as we travel along the Lower Colorado River from Hoover Dam to the Coachella Valley Feb. 27 through March 1.  


Don’t Miss Opportunity to Examine Dire Salton Sea News Firsthand
Just a Few Seats Remain for our Lower Colorado River Tour Feb. 27-March 1

As a plan to ensure water for millions of people in the drought-gripped Colorado River Basin is held up by funding demands to restore the shrinking Salton Sea, ominous predictions about the desert lake’s ecological collapse are beginning to occur. Recent reports have found some birds that rely on this important stop on the Pacific Flyway are dying along its shores and some are not showing up at all.

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.


Water Education Foundation Is Your Go-To Source For News And Information

Water Education Foundation is your go-to source for news and information about water in California and the West.

Each weekday, we compile Aquafornia, a roundup of major water news from around California, the Colorado River Basin and the western United States.

We produce our own journalism in Western Water, our flagship online publication offering in-depth examinations of critical water issues as well as shorter notebook articles on interesting water topics, spotlight stories offering a look at innovative projects and Q&A’s with newsmakers.


We’re Hiring! Join the Foundation as a Programs and Communications Specialist
We're seeking someone keenly interested in water issues to plan conferences, workshops and do multimedia

Join the team at the Water Education Foundation, a nonprofit in Sacramento that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years.

We have a full-time opening for an enthusiastic, team-oriented, multitasking Programs & Communications Specialist at our office in midtown Sacramento.


Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Registration open for March 29 event in Orange County; some scholarships available

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and the Water Education Foundation are once again teaming up to produce the 2019 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference on March 29 at Cal State Fullerton.


Dive Deep into California Groundwater Issues on Feb. 8 Tour
Join one-day tour as an add-on to Water 101 Workshop in Sacramento

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.


Updated Colorado River Layperson’s Guide Explores Drought Planning, Tribal Water Rights, Binational Agreements
Newly updated, the guide offers a "mini-textbook" to history, key agreements and challenges

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 Mexico.

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 Mexico.


2019 Water Leaders Class Examines Impact of Wildfires on Water Resources
Up-and-coming water professionals chosen for highly competitive program

Twenty-three early 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.


California’s Complicated Water Rights System Explained at Feb. 7 Water 101 Workshop
Hop on the bus for the optional one-day groundwater tour the next day

McGeorge Law School professor Jennifer Harder will lead a Water 101 session on California  water law on Feb. 7. Who owns California’s water? 

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 others. 

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?