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Bid on Lunch with Sen. Hertzberg, Jeff Kightlinger and Other Key Water Leaders at Sept. 20 Water Summit
Silent auction to benefit Water Leaders program includes canoe trip, waterfront cabins and more!

State Sen. Robert HertzbergAttending our annual Water Summit on Sept. 20 is more than just hearing in-depth discussions on the hottest water topics.

Mingle and network with attendees at the hosted reception after the conference beside the Sacramento River, and bid throughout the day on some fun outings and baskets of California products during an auction that benefits our yearlong Water Leaders program. 

Auction items also feature lunch with water policy experts, including:


Latest Western Water Examines Colorado River Experiment Aimed at Making the River More “Buggy”
USGS scientist Ted Kennedy discusses effort to enhance food web to aid endangered fish as well as birds and bats

Water means life for all the Grand Canyon’s inhabitants, including the insects that are a foundation of the ecosystem’s food web. But hydropower operations upstream on the Colorado River at Glen Canyon Dam disrupt the natural pace of insect reproduction as the river rises and falls, sometimes dramatically. Eggs deposited at the river’s edge are often left high and dry. Their loss affects available food for endangered fish such as the humpback chub.


Agenda Posted for Sept. 20 Water Summit; Only a Few Tickets Left!
Speakers include Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, DWR Director Karla Nemeth and State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus

WEF SummitA diverse roster of top policymakers and water experts are on the agenda for the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit. The day-long conference, Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta, will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West.

Climate scientist Daniel Swain will be the opening keynote speaker addressing drought, flood and wildfires amid increasing climate whiplash and what it means for water management. Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will give the keynote lunch address. See the full roster of speakers here.

Interior of Shasta Dam

Northern California Tour Visits Oroville and Shasta Dams, Other Major Infrastructure
See key components of the state and federal water projects vital to delivering water across California

Participants of our Northern California Tour, Oct. 10-12, will venture deep inside Shasta Dam, keystone of the federal Central Valley Project, and take a houseboat tour of Shasta Lake, California’s largest reservoir.


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The Promise and Challenge of Safe, Clean Drinking Water for All Is Focus of Sept. 20 Summit Panel
Get an update from experts and hear about solutions at Water Summit; tickets going fast!

Drinking WaterMore than 260 California water suppliers — many of them small systems in disadvantaged communities — don’t meet safe drinking water standards. One solution to getting those communities clean water is as simple — and as complicated — as connecting them to a larger supplier nearby. 

At the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit Sept. 20 in Sacramento, Camille Pannu, director of the Water Justice Clinic at UC Davis’ Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, will discuss the complexities of water system mergers and a program underway in the Central Valley that has facilitated more than a dozen such mergers.


New Stop Announced for Northern California Tour: Salmon Rearing Structures in the Sacramento River
River Garden Farms project is one of several stops highlighting habitat restoration in the Sacramento Valley

Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms, with an example of a salmon refuge, similar to what was placed in the Sacramento River.More than two dozen refuge structures made of large walnut tree trunks bolted to boulders were dropped deep into the Sacramento River last year to shelter juvenile salmon from predators.

Participants on our Northern California Tour Oct. 10-12 will visit the location of these rearing structures in Redding and learn why they’re important from Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms, which spearheaded the project. Other restoration-focused stops on the tour include the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and the Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project.


Learn About Land Subsidence and Groundwater Conditions in the San Joaquin Valley
Free workshop set for Oct. 2 in Fresno

Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin ValleyLand subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been a problem for decades in the San Joaquin Valley, but an increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade has resulted in subsidence rates of more than one foot per year in some parts of the region.

While subsidence was minimal in 2017 due to one of the wettest years on record, any return to dry conditions would likely set the stage for subsidence to resume as the region relies more heavily on groundwater than surface water. Land subsidence not only has the potential to shrink aquifers, but it puts state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage.


Latest Western Water Explores Challenges of Drier Climate, Less Water with New Leader of Upper Colorado River Commission
Executive Director Amy Haas discusses drought, water conservation and tribal water rights along the Colorado River

Amy Haas recently became the first non-engineer and the first woman to serve as executive director of the Upper Colorado River Commission in its 70-year history, putting her smack in the center of a host of daunting challenges facing the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Yet those challenges will be quite familiar to Haas, an attorney who has a long history of working within interstate Colorado River governance. As the commission’s executive director, Haas is likely to play a major role in helping to address changing hydrologic conditions that result in a drier climate and less water for the Colorado, drought planning and ongoing water conservation efforts, as well as tribal water rights among Native Americans and their impact throughout the Colorado River Basin. These issues have implications throughout the Colorado River drainage.


Scientist Daniel Swain to Address Climate Whiplash and the Difficult Road Ahead for Water Managers at Sept. 20 Summit
Don’t miss out -- early bird pricing ends Friday for Foundation’s Water Summit, “Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta”

UCLA climate scientist, Daniel SwainScientist Daniel Swain will address climate whiplash and the challenging road ahead for Western water managers during a morning keynote address Sept. 20 at the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit in Sacramento.

Swain, who is widely quoted about his research and observations on drought, fires, rising temperatures and climate change, will provide the backdrop for this year’s summit theme, Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta. His talk is titled, Drought, Flood, and Wildfire Amidst Increasing Climate Whiplash: The Challenging Road Ahead for Water Management in the West.


Examine Key California Rivers on the Last Two Water Tours of 2018
Join us as we explore the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers; hear from farmers, water managers, environmentalists

Northern California Tour participants pose in front of Shasta Dam.The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers are the two major Central Valley waterways that feed the Delta, the hub of California’s water supply network. Our last water tours of 2018 will look in-depth at how these rivers are managed and used for agriculture, cities and the environment. You’ll see infrastructure, learn about efforts to restore salmon runs and talk to people with expertise on these rivers.

Early bird prices are still available!


Project WET Offers Workshops on Water Topics for Educators Across California
Topics include water conservation, climate change and stormwater runoff

There’s still time for K-12 educators to get high-quality professional development training on watersheds, water resources and climate change through California Project WET

The Water Education Foundation is the California coordinator of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), an international, award-winning nonprofit water education program and publisher.


California’s Headwaters Forests, Besieged by Drought, Beetles and Fire, Among Topics at Sept. 20 Water Summit
Hear from top policymakers and experts on headwaters, controversial Delta flows plan and human right to water at Sacramento summit

Ferguson  Fire near Yosemite National ParkCalifornia’s mountain forests are the source of 60% of the state’s developed water, but they’re under siege from climate change, drought, bark beetles and catastrophic wildfire, including the latest fire sweeping toward Yosemite National Park.

At the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit Sept. 20 in Sacramento, a panel of experts will address the breadth of challenges facing the state’s headwaters, some key scientific research on the forests and potential solutions.


Today Only: Save 20% on Colorado River Materials During Colorado River Day Sale
Build your Colorado River library with today's discount on Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and more

Today is Colorado River Day, the anniversary of when the Grand River was renamed the Colorado River, extending the name to the Colorado’s headwaters in 1921. To mark the anniversary, we’re offering a 20% discount on our Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other Colorado River educational materials.

This special sale is only today, Wednesday, July 25. Use the promo code COLORADORIVERDAY at checkout to get your 20% discount.


Northern California Tour Explores Water Resources Across Sacramento Valley
Examine key state and federal water projects, habitat restoration, irrigation and groundwater

Get an up-close look at some of California’s key water reservoirs and learn about farming operations, habitat restoration, flood management and wetlands in the Sacramento Valley on our Northern California Water Tour Oct. 10-12.

Each year, participants on the Northern California Water Tour enjoy three days exploring the Sacramento Valley during the temperate fall. Join us as we travel through a scenic landscape along the Sacramento and Feather rivers to learn about issues associated with storing and delivering the state’s water supply.


Save 20% on Colorado River Materials During One-Day Colorado River Day Sale
Build your Colorado River library with limited-time discount on Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other materials

Wednesday is Colorado River Day, the anniversary of when, in 1921, the Grand River was renamed the Colorado River, extending the name to the Colorado’s headwaters. To mark the occasion, we’re offering a 20% discount on our Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other Colorado River educational materials.

Don’t miss out! This special sale is one day only, on Wednesday, July 25. Use the promo code COLORADORIVERDAY at checkout to get your 20% discount.


Water Summit Panel to Address State Plan Aimed at Increasing Freshwater Flows into Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus joins environmental, agricultural and water user stakeholders to discuss challenges and solutions

Controversial flow requirements for the lower San Joaquin River designed to meet ecological needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be among the topics addressed during the Water Education Foundation’s Sept. 20 Water Summit in Sacramento.

The Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit, Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta, will feature panels on the Delta, the Sierra Nevada headwaters and the state’s human right to water law. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will be the keynote speaker at lunch. 


Water Education Foundation Report Highlights Year of Accomplishment and Celebration
Just-released 2017 Annual Report recaps 40th Anniversary celebration and water education efforts

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2017 Annual Report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and publications we produced last year to create a better understanding of water resources in California and the Southwest.

Marking its 40th anniversary in 2017, the Foundation’s annual report recaps its efforts for the year in words and photos.

Those efforts include workshops and conferences, its invitation-only Colorado River Symposium, its tours of critical watersheds in California and along the lower Colorado River, Project WET’s teacher training programs, the Foundation’s popular poster-size water maps and Layperson’s Guides on climate change, groundwater and the Colorado River Delta, and its flagship publication, Western Water.


Executive Director Jenn Bowles to Speak at Urban Water Institute’s August Conference

Jennifer Bowles, executive director of the Water Education Foundation, will speak on a panel about the media during the 25th Annual Urban Water Institute’s conference in San Diego Aug 22-24.

Bowles, a veteran journalist and executive editor of the Foundation’s Western Water news, will join other media representatives, including Ry Rivard of the Voice of San Diego, to discuss Working with the Media in Changing Times. Former Foundation Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman, author of Water More or Less, will moderate. See the draft agenda here.


20% Off Sale Ends Friday; All California and Colorado River Water Maps, Layperson’s Guides featured in Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with discounts today and Friday on all our educational maps, guides and publications

Water Education Foundation mapsTo celebrate today’s Summer Solstice, we’re offering a special 20% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs through Friday, June 22. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount.