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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.


Save 20% Starting Today on All California and Colorado River Water Maps and Layperson’s Guides During Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with limited-time discounts on all our educational maps, guides and publications about this critical resource

Water Education Foundation mapsSummer Solstice happens tomorrow, and to celebrate, 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 starts now and runs through Friday. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount.


Annual Water Summit to Focus on Critical Issues from the Headwaters to the Delta
Registration now open for Sept. 20th event in Sacramento; some sponsorship opportunities still available

Our annual Water Summit, being held Sept. 20, will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta. 

As debate continues to swirl around longer-term remedies for California’s water challenges, the theme reflects the need for straightforward dialogue about more immediate, on-the-ground solutions.


Latest Western Water Explores What’s Holding Up Lower Colorado River Drought Plan, Need For Solutions
Arizona struggles to settle who will speak for the state on Drought Contingency Plan effort

Lake Mead view from Hoover DamIt’s high-stakes time in Arizona. The state that is first in line to absorb a shortage on the Colorado River is seeking a unified approach for water supply management to join its Lower Basin neighbors, California and Nevada, in a coordinated plan to preserve water levels in Lake Mead before they run too low.

If the lake’s elevation falls below 1,075 feet above sea level, the secretary of the Interior would declare a shortage and Arizona’s deliveries of Colorado River water — water that helps feed its farms and cities — would be reduced by 320,000 acre-feet — enough, Arizona says, to supply about 1 million households a year.


Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman to be Keynote Speaker at Water Summit
Registration now open for Sept. 20th event in Sacramento

Reclamation Commissioner Brenda BurmanBrenda Burman, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will give the keynote lunch address at our 35th annual conference, the Water Summit, to be held Sept. 20 in Sacramento.

The daylong event will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta.


New Stop Announced for June 28-29 Headwaters Tour: UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station
Explore Sierra Nevada natural reserve founded by famed conservationist Aldo Leopold’s son, A. Starker Leopold

Sagehen Experimental Forest at sunriseOur Headwaters Tour later this month now includes a stop at the University of California, Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, a Sierra Nevada research and training facility where we’ll learn about forest ecology research and a forest restoration project.

Spots are still available for the June 28-29 tour, but sign up quickly here to ensure your spot! 


Latest Western Water Explores Invasive Species Monitoring in the Delta, Highlights Cosumnes River Preserve

water hyacinth eradication effort in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.For more than 100 years, invasive species have made the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta their home, disrupting the ecosystem and costing millions of dollars annually in remediation.

The latest invader is the nutria, a large rodent native to South America that causes concern because of its propensity to devour every bit of vegetation in sight and destabilize levees by burrowing into them. Wildlife officials are trapping the animal and trying to learn the extent of its infestation.


Headwaters Tour Looks at Tree Mortality, Bark Beetle Epidemic & Visits Forest Lab
Join us for the June 28-29 tour that overnights at Lake Tahoe; early-bird price ends May 28

The Sierra Nevada mountains, which are key to California’s water supply through snowmelt, are dotted with nearly 130 million dead trees weakened by drought and insect infestations. 

The severe tree mortality has increased the risk of devastating wildfires, reduced the ability of forests to absorb greenhouse gases and limited the effectiveness of forests and meadows to regulate water quality and moderate downhill flow. While the 2012-2016 drought was one leading cause of tree mortality in California, the dry conditions also exacerbated tree infestations from more than a half-dozen different bark beetles.

On our Headwaters Tour, June 28-29, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists about the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages.


Sponsorships Available for 35th Annual Water Summit: “Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta”
Mark your calendar for Sept. 20 event and grab a coveted sponsorship spot

“Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta” will be the theme of this year’s Water Summit, featuring top policymakers and others sharing the latest information on key issues affecting water in California and the Southwest.

The day-long event on Sept. 20 is the Water Education Foundation’s premiere event of the year. It will be held at the Westin Sacramento. Look for more details and speaker announcements coming soon!

In the meantime, join Nutrien Ag Solutions in securing a sponsorship opportunity and gaining publicity for your organization by sponsoring lunch or the evening reception along the beautiful Sacramento River.

Learn about all the sponsorship opportunities here. Contact Kasey Chong via email or at 916-812-2643 with any questions.


Latest Western Water Explores Strategies for Managing Groundwater
Article highlights efforts in Arizona desert to manage demands on groundwater

As California embarks on its unprecedented mission to harness groundwater pumping, the Arizona desert may provide one guide that local managers can look to as they seek to arrest years of overdraft. 

Groundwater is stressed by a demand that often outpaces natural and artificial recharge. In California, awareness of groundwater’s importance resulted in the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014 that aims to have the most severely depleted basins in a state of balance in about 20 years.

Headwaters Tour participants take a hike to a mountain meadow.

Explore the Sierra’s Upper Watershed on Headwaters Tour June 28-29
Early-bird tickets for two-day event end May 28th; tour overnights at Lake Tahoe

Lake TahoeWater supply for California’s cities and farms is largely dependent on snowmelt from the upper watershed in the Sierra Nevada. But that paradigm is being challenged by wildfires, climate change and widespread tree mortality.

Join us for a two-day tour as we head into the Sierra foothills and up into the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream, but have dramatic impacts on water supply and quality downstream and throughout the state.


A Few Seats Left on Bay-Delta Tour, a Don’t-Miss Opportunity to Explore California’s Vital Water Hub
Register by Friday for this once-a-year tour happening May 16 - 18!

The Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaThe Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system. It’s also a rich farming area, an important wetlands – and an ecologically troubled region. 

On our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. The controversial tunnels project, which would carry water beneath the Delta, got a boost recently when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost.


Job Opening: Join our Team as a Programs Manager

Join our team at the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit in midtown 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 energetic, motivated, articulate and detail-oriented Programs Manager who serves as a member of the Foundation’s events team while focusing on one of its most popular programs – water tours.


Latest Western Water Explores Novel Groundwater Recharge Incentive Program, Lake Tahoe History
Pajaro Valley pilot project offers landowners incentives to help recharge groundwater basin

Michael KiparskySpurred by drought and a major policy shift, groundwater management has assumed an unprecedented mantle of importance in California. Local agencies in the hardest-hit areas of groundwater depletion are drawing plans to halt overdraft and bring stressed aquifers toward recovery. Along the way, an army of experts has been enlisted to help characterize the extent of the problem and how the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 is implemented. 

One of those policy experts is Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute within the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Kiparsky recently co-authored a report that focuses on a pilot project in Santa Cruz County’s Pajaro Valley that he says has intriguing potential for broader applicability.


The Big Day of Giving is Today! Help Us Continue Our Work with a Donation!
Stop by our open house this afternoon to check out our latest events and programs

The Big Day of Giving is today, and your donation can help the Foundation continue its work to enhance public understanding about California’s most important natural resources — water.

The Big Day of Giving is an annual 24-hour online event aimed at raising funds for nonprofits in the Sacramento region and highlighting the good work they do.


Join Us For An Open House and Reception May 3 at the Foundation
Check out what we do at open house held in conjunction with Sacramento region's Big Day of Giving

The Water Education Foundation has been around in California for more than 40 years! Have you ever been curious about our Water Leaders program, our tours or workshops, and Western Water news?

Join us for a reception at our midtown Sacramento office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 to meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and check out what we do. Sign up here for the open house so we have a head count.