The Sacramento and San Joaquin are the two major rivers in the Central Valley that feed the Delta, the hub of California’s water supply network.
Our last two water tours of 2017 will take in-depth looks 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.
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 along the Sacramento and Feather rivers through a scenic landscape and learn about issues associated with storing and delivering the state’s water supply.
In the Summer 2017 issue of Western Water, “Now Comes the Hard Part: Building Sustainable Groundwater Management in California,” Writer Gary Pitzer looks into the efforts of agencies beginning the task of bringing their basins to a level of sustainability in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). California’s landmark 2014 law aims to repair the effects of decades of unmanaged groundwater pumping, which have left some parts of the state in “critical” overdraft.
What is groundwater? Where does it occur in California? What is an aquifer? What is overdraft? And how can groundwater be managed? These are all important things to understand in a state where 40 percent of the water supply comes from underground.
But what does an aquifer look like? And how is water extracted for use on farms and in homes? Those questions are illustrated on the Foundation’s beautiful California Groundwater Map poster, which was updated and re-designed earlier this year.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are dotted with orange and brown patches of dead trees. The U.S. Forest Service estimates with aerial surveys that more than 100 million trees have died in California this decade, 62 million dying in 2016 alone.
What is groundwater? Where does it occur in California? What is an aquifer? What is overdraft? And how can groundwater be managed? These are all terms in the news as the state moves forward with implementation of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
If you haven’t already heard, the Water Education Foundation is turning 40 this year!
We are celebrating in style on Oct. 26 in Sacramento, with the added bonus of a special reunion aimed at graduates of our Water Leaders program, which is celebrating its own 20th birthday.
Registration is coming soon but you or your organization can sponsor this special event now and secure seats at this limited capacity event. The highest sponsorship level secures a full table of 10 seats.
California’s 2017 fire season is underway, with several blazes threatening land, property and lives across the state. The impacts of a wildfire can linger long after the blaze has been extinguished. Runoff from burned areas can carry ashes, dirt and other debris into lakes and rivers, threatening wildlife and the quality of drinking water. Our Headwaters Tour, September 13 and 14, will examine this and other water-related issues in our forests.
In the newly released Summer 2017 edition of River Report, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the successes and challenges of the Colorado River Pilot Conservation Program.
The program was launched in 2014 as a collective effort by the federal government and major urban water suppliers to pay for water-saving measures strictly designed to create “system water” for the benefit of everyone.
You can keep up to date with events, tours and other comings and goings of the Water Education Foundation through social media.
We use our Twitter account @WaterEdFdn to keep you posted on our upcoming events and tours, and to list the top water stories from our week-day news aggregate known as Aquafornia. We also tweet and retweet breaking water news throughout the day.
In 2017, it is likely that no other water story grabbed as many headlines in California and across the country as the flood incident at Oroville Dam, the centerpiece of the State Water Project and its largest water storage facility.
On our upcoming Northern California Tour, we will spend time at the Oroville Dam visitor’s center and meet with California Department of Water Resources staff. You’ll see drone footage from February’s flood incident, learn the engineering background on what led to it, and hear about plans to stabilize the spillway before the next winter storms and to finalize repairs by 2018.
The Water Education Foundation is gearing up to mark its 40th anniversary on Oct. 26, 2017 as a widely respected nonprofit that provides factual information on water issues in California and across the West.
Starting today, follow us on Twitter or Facebook as we countdown to our celebration with historical snippets and photos each Thursday (#tbt, aka throwback Thursday) using the hashtag #40YearsStrong
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 Project WET works with water agencies, water research scientists, professors of teacher education and after-school program directors to provide high-quality professional development trainings for K-12 educators working in and out of the classroom.
Restoration practitioners, Delta landowners, regulators and others are invited to attend a free July 25 workshop to help test-run and develop a user’s guide to Delta restoration based on the Delta Landscapes Project.
The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife) seeks ways to achieve better restoration results by understanding how the natural systems in the Delta originally functioned during the early 1800s, before the California Gold Rush and subsequent landscape-level changes.
Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada. Thus, the state’s water supply is largely dependent on the health of Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.
Join us as we head into the Sierra foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California.
Learn about land subsidence problems caused by groundwater pumping in the San Joaquin Valley and what is being done to monitor the critical conditions at a free briefing Aug. 16 at Fresno State.
Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has resulted in subsidence rates in excess of 1 foot per year in some parts of the region, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage.
The Summer 2017 California Project WET Gazette is “live” on the Water Education Foundation website.
Water is flowing forth from the Sierra Nevada, as a record setting snowpack begins to melt into a record setting flow of liquid propelled downhill by gravity. How to better capture, store and release more of this water from abundant storm years has been a big topic of discussion among California water managers and water user groups over our past decade of multi-year droughts, punctuated by a great deluge of precipitation in a single water year.
Our annual Bay-Delta Tour, June 14-16, has only a handful of seats remaining.
This comprehensive look at the hub of California’s water systems is an amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes understanding of efforts to maintain water supplies, water quality, farming, levee integrity, habitat for endangered species, and many other topics. You’re accompanied by experts every step of the way and granted access to facilities that are generally closed to the public.