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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?


Explore Ecological Challenges Facing the Salton Sea on Our Lower Colorado River Tour Feb. 27-March 1
Get an ‘early bird’ ticket to see this important stop on the Pacific Flyway and hear experts on efforts to aid state’s largest inland water body

Salton SeaThe Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to urban San Diego County.

On our Lower Colorado River Tour, Feb. 27-March 1, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea, including managers of the Imperial Irrigation District, the Salton Sea Authority and California’s appointed “Sea Czar,” assistant secretary on Salton Sea policy Bruce Wilcox.


We’re Hiring! Join the Foundation as a Programs and Communications Specialist

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.


Roster of Speakers, Agenda Unveiled for Feb. 7 Water 101 Workshop
Learn about California water basics and go beyond the headlines; jump on the bus for the optional groundwater tour the next day

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channelLearn 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 water flows, the Delta, disadvantaged communities and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. For the first time, the workshop offers an optional groundwater tour the next day.


Water 101 Offers Newbies and Veteran Hands A Chance To Gain Deeper Understanding Of Water
Feb. 7th workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day Groundwater Tour the next day

The 2018 Water 101 workshop at McGeorge School of Law. One of our most popular events, Water 101 offers a once-a-year opportunity for anyone new to California water issues or newly elected to a water district board – and anyone who wants a refresher — to gain a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Water 101, to be held Feb. 7 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 workshop is taught by some of California’s leading policy and legal experts, and for the first time will include an optional daylong tour examining one of the state’s most critical resources, groundwater.


Registration Open for Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Sponsorship opportunities and scholarships also available for March 29 water conference

Registration is now open for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference set for March 29 in Orange County. The daylong event with the theme, Moving Forward Together: From Planning to Action Across the Watershed, will be held at Cal State Fullerton.

Join us to discuss the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, resilient solutions can be found to improve the quality and reliability of the region’s water supply. 


Registration Now Open for All 2019 Water Tours
Highlights include new tour of California’s Central Coast and new route for Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada

You can now register for our full slate of water tours for 2019, including a new tour along California’s Central Coast to view a river’s restoration following a major dam removal, check out efforts to desalt ocean water, recycle wastewater and manage groundwater and seawater intrusion. We’ll also take a new route for our Headwaters Tour to check out a pilot project for thinning the forest in the Yuba River watershed.

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

What’s a New Year Without a Few Changes at the Water Education Foundation?
Read about new tours, new Water 101 focus and new Aquafornia curator in Executive Director's letter

Happy New Year to all the friends, supporters, readers, and tour and workshop participants of the Water Education Foundation! 

As we turn the page on 2018, we are looking ahead to a few changes for 2019.


Register Now for Popular Water 101 Workshop to Gain A Firm Grounding in California Water
Feb. 7th workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day Groundwater Tour

The 2018 Water 101 workshop at McGeorge School of Law. Register now for one of our most popular events – Water 101, which for the first time will include an optional daylong tour examining one of California’s most critical resources, groundwater.

Water 101, to be held Feb. 7 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. Taught by some of California’s leading policy and legal experts, the workshop gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.


Visit Lake Mead And Hear Firsthand About Major Drought Plans During Colorado River Tour in Late February
Lower Colorado River Tour brings hot topics to life with stops at Hoover Dam, Salton Sea, farms and wildlife areas

Lake Mead, behind Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.Hear firsthand about recent efforts to reach agreement on a drought contingency plan and see the bathtub ring around Lake Mead, now only 38 percent full after 19 years of drought, during our Lower Colorado River Tour Feb. 27 – March 1.

As the tour weaves along the Colorado River, participants will see and learn about the important role water from the river plays in the three Lower Basin states of Nevada, Arizona and California, and how it helps to sustain their cities, farms and wildlife areas.


2018 Water Leaders Class Releases Policy Recommendations for Improving Water Management Through Data

DWR's Greg Gearheart with members of the 2018 Water Leaders class at their orientation.The 2018 Water Leaders class organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for improving water management through data.

The class of 22 from various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from cities and towns across California - including one from Nevada – had full editorial control to choose recommendations.


Last Chance: These Holiday Deals on Water Knowledge End At Midnight
50% off Water & the Shaping of California; 20% off maps, guides, teacher resources; $15 off Water More or Less

Don’t miss this last chance to score a sweet holiday deal for anyone interested in water in California and the Southwest: The paperback “Water & the Shaping of California,” a treasure trove of gorgeous color photos, historic maps, water literature and famous sayings about water for just $17.50 — a 50% discount

That is just one of the special holiday deals from the Foundation. We’re also offering a 20% discount on our popular water maps, guides, teacher resources and more, and $15 off copies of “Water More or Less.” 


Groundwater a Major Focus of Water 101 Workshop in February
Feb. 7 workshop includes session on groundwater and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; optional groundwater tour held the next day

Our popular Water 101 Workshop is a once-a-year opportunity to get a solid grounding on the history, legal and regulatory facets of California’s most precious natural resource.

Our Feb. 7 workshop in Sacramento will feature a special focus on groundwater, which provides roughly 40 percent of the state’s water supply in an average year and much more during drought years when creeks, rivers and reservoirs are strapped. 


Travel Along the ‘Lifeline of the Southwest’ on the Lower Colorado River Tour
Join us Feb. 27-March 1 as we explore Hoover Dam, wildlife refuges, farming regions and the Salton Sea

Tickets are on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s Lower Colorado River Tour Feb. 27–March 1. 

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 Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge.

The tour also visits the beginning of the Colorado River Aqueduct, the Salton Sea, the All-American Canal and agricultural regions in the Imperial, Palo Verde and Coachella valleys.


Latest Western Water News Examines Rising Tide of Women in Water Leadership Posts
Since late 2017, women have taken leading roles at Reclamation, DWR, Metropolitan Water District and other key water agencies

In the world of water, 2018 could easily be called the “Year of the Woman,” with noteworthy appointments of women to top leadership posts in California and at the national level.

Women have had their hands in water issues for a long time, but their growing presence has been spotlighted by those key appointments and the understanding that, in what’s traditionally been a male-dominated field, women are seizing the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and have their voices heard.


Starts Today! Sweet Holiday Deals for the Water Wonk in Your Life
50% off Water & the Shaping of California; 20% off maps, Layperson’s Guides, teacher resources

Here’s a sweet deal for the holidays: Get 50 percent off the paperback Water & the Shaping of California, a treasure trove of gorgeous color photos, water literature and famous sayings about water.

This beautifully designed oversize book discusses the engineering feats, political decisions and popular opinion that reshaped the nature – flood and drought – and society – gold, grain and growth – that led to the water projects that created the California we know today. The book Includes a foreword by the late Kevin Starr, the Golden State’s premier historian.

This book normally retails for $35, but you can get it for a limited time for just $17.50. Use the discount code HOLIDAYBOOK at checkout to get your 50 percent discount. It’s the perfect gift for anyone interested in water in California.


Latest Science in Long-Range Storm Prediction Highlighted at Dec. 5 Workshop in Irvine
Irvine workshop among upcoming Foundation events and tours; Apply for Water Leaders program by Dec. 4

Carr Fire burn area near Redding , Calif.Will El Niño rescue California’s winter after a very dry fall? Can the state bank on atmospheric rivers of storms to refill its reservoirs? How far can forecasters peer into the future to gauge what’s ahead for the 2019 winter?

A one-day workshop Dec. 5 in Irvine cosponsored by the Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources will feature experts from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, DWR and the Western Regional Climate Center discussing the state of the science in long-range forecasting – critical for managing water supplies — and what may be ahead for this winter. Here’s where to sign up for Water Year 2019: Feast or Famine.

The Irvine workshop is one of several Foundation events and tours planned over the next few months.