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Floodplain Restoration Along the Sacramento River Highlighted on NorCal Tour
Only a few tickets left for Oct. 2-4 tour to see habitat improvements, farmland and major infrastructure

Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms, with an example of a salmon refuge. A multiphased project to remove a levee along the Sacramento River north of Sacramento and restore hundreds of acres of floodplains to reconnect to the river is now underway.

Participants on our Northern California Tour Oct. 2-4 will visit the site of the restoration project near Hamilton City led by River Partners. The project also involves the construction of a setback levee to provide more reliable flood protection to the community and agricultural areas along the river.


Learn About Sustainability Efforts That Could Help Across California on Central Coast Tour November 6-7
Final 2019 tour explores water issues in scenic Central Coast; tour starts and ends in San Jose

Monterey BayThe Foundation’s final tour of 2019 is all new and will highlight urban, agricultural and environmental water use on California’s scenic Central Coast, traveling from the technology hub of Silicon Valley’s San Jose to the coastal enclave of Monterey and to the wine country of Paso Robles.

Participants on our Nov. 6-7 Central Coast Tour will learn about the challenges of a region struggling to be sustainable with limited local supplies and the efforts to address them.


New Developments Highlighted During Visits to Shasta and Oroville Dams on Northern California Tour October 2-4
Reserve your spot now on our two remaining 2019 tours, including the Central Coast Tour November 6-7

Shasta Dam powerplantParticipants on our Northern California Tour Oct. 2-4 will get updates on changes planned or completed at key dams that anchor California’s two major water delivery projects — Shasta Dam and Oroville Dam. 

The tour will visit Shasta Dam, keystone of the federal Central Valley Project, for a firsthand look at plans to raise the height of the structure and increase storage capacity, and hear from some who oppose the expansion. A tour of the Shasta Powerplant and a houseboat outing on Shasta Lake, already California’s largest reservoir, are also part of the tour.


Oct. 30 Water Summit to Feature Panel About Key Groundwater Issues as SGMA Deadline Approaches
Attend and learn how water managers are working toward sustainable groundwater management in California

With a key deadline for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in January, one of the featured panels at our Oct. 30th  Water Summit will focus on how regions around California are crafting groundwater sustainability plans and working on innovative ways to fill aquifers.

The theme for this year’s Water Summit, “Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning,” reflects critical upcoming events in California water, including the imminent Jan. 31, 2020 deadline for groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) in high- and medium-priority basins.


Northern California Tour to Include Update on Camp Fire Impacts to Paradise Water System
Paradise Irrigation District general manager will discuss the challenges to recovery on Oct. 2-4 tour

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history had a severe impact on the water system in the town of Paradise. Participants on our Oct. 2-4 Northern California Tour will hear from Kevin Phillips, general manager of Paradise Irrigation District, on the scope of the damages, the obstacles to recovery and the future of the water district.

The Camp Fire destroyed 90 percent of the structures in Paradise, and 90 percent of the irrigation district’s ratepayer base. The fire did not destroy the irrigation district’s water storage or treatment facilities, but it did melt plastic pipes, releasing contaminants into parts of the system and prompting do-not-drink advisories to water customers.


Save The Dates For Next Year’s Water 101 Workshop and Lower Colorado River Tour
Applications for 2020 Water Leaders class will be available by the first week of October

Dates are now set for two key Foundation events to kick off 2020 — our popular Water 101 Workshop, scheduled for Feb. 20 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and our Lower Colorado River Tour, which will run from March 11-13.

In addition, applications will be available by the first week of October for our 2020 class of Water Leaders, our competitive yearlong program for early to mid-career up-and-coming water professionals. To learn more about the program, check out our Water Leaders program page.


FLASH SALE: Save 50% Today Only On Book That Chronicles Water’s Role in Shaping California
Celebrate the Golden State's admission to the Union with special discount on 'Water & the Shaping of California' picture book

Book cover: Water & the Shaping of CaliforniaHere’s a golden deal to celebrate today’s anniversary of California’s 1850 admission into the Union: 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.


California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot to be Keynote Speaker at Water Summit
Join us for our premier annual event Oct. 30 in Sacramento; sponsorship opportunities now available

California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, a key player in carrying out Gov. Gavin Newsom’s water priorities, will give the keynote address at the 2019 Water Summit on Oct. 30 in Sacramento.

Now in its 36th year, the Water Summit features a variety of policymakers, experts and stakeholders discussing important topics in water across California and the West. This year’s theme is “Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning.” Click here to register before prices go up on Sept. 26th. Foundation contributors of $100 or more should choose the discounted price. Or you can become a contributor and get the discount right away.


Executive Director Jenn Bowles Stresses Importance of Impartiality in Foundation’s Work
In talk+water podcast, Bowles explains Foundation's role as source of water news, tours, workshops and other key programs

Executive Director Jennifer Bowles stressed the importance of impartiality — a value she has embraced throughout her journalism career — in explaining the Water Education Foundation’s role as a source of water news and information in California and the West during a podcast interview published last week.

During the Talk+Water podcast by the Texas + Water newsletter, Bowles talked about  serving as executive editor of the Foundation’s flagship publication, Western Water, whose most recent article explored how private capital is speeding up forest restoration in the Sierra Nevada that could benefit water quality and supplies. 


Northern California Tour Explores Water Resources Across Sacramento Valley to Shasta Dam
Examine state and federal water projects key to California's urban and agricultural supplies on Oct. 2-4 tour

Get an up-close look at some of California’s key water reservoirs and learn about farming operations, salmon habitat restoration, flood management and wetlands on our Northern California Water Tour Oct. 2-4.

Each year, participants on the 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.


FLASH SALE: Expand Your Water Knowledge and Save Money During World Water Week
Special 30% discount offered for water maps, layperson's guides and more

Three water mapsWorld Water Week runs through Friday, Aug. 30, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 30 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications.

Use the promo code WORLDWATER19 when checking out of our online store.


Don’t Miss a Chance to Explore a Scenic but Water-Scarce Landscape on the Edge Of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29
Registration ends Friday to learn about drought resilience efforts that could help across California; NorCal tour early bird price ends soon

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 highlights the connection between the Santa Barbara region’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought from persistent water scarcity with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast. With the next California drought around the corner, the variety of efforts underway to enhance the area’s limited local water resources have potential applications across the state.


Explore a Variety of Drought Resiliency Efforts That Could Help Across California on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Continuing education credits and scholarships available to learn about the challenge of persistent water scarcity in scenic Santa Barbara region; Tour starts in Burbank

The Santa Barbara region’s recovery from drought often has lagged behind much of the rest of California due to the nature of its watershed. But a variety of efforts are underway to enhance the region’s limited local water resources.

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 explores the connection between the area’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought and persistent water scarcity with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast.


Stay Up To Date With Upcoming Groundwater Events Via Our Calendar
We track relevant tours, symposia, conferences and more for your convenience

Our event calendar is an excellent resource for keeping up with water events in California and the West.

Groundwater is top of mind for many water managers as they prepare to meet next January’s deadline for submitting sustainability plans required under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. We have several upcoming featured events listed on our calendar that focus on a variety of relevant groundwater topics:


Latest Western Water Explores Upper Colorado River Restoration Effort That Could Be A Model Across The West
Foundation journalists explore a partnership of ranchers, conservationists and others who worked together to help farms, fish and the river

Ranchers and conservationists in the headwaters of the Colorado River decided that to get something done to benefit the ranches, the fish and the river, they needed to work together. Their partnership, which could serve as a template for similar regions across the West, is the focus of a new article in our flagship publication, Western Water

The article by the Foundation’s team of veteran journalists explores what drove the need to act, how the partnership came together and some of the projects undertaken to improve irrigation for ranchers and habitat for fish.


Learn About Advanced Purification and Groundwater Injection on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
With the next California drought around the corner, explore a variety of solutions that could help across the state

A planned indirect potable reuse project in Carpinteria that will inject highly treated wastewater into the local groundwater basin is just one of several drought resiliency efforts examined as we trek across the water-scarce Santa Barbara region on our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29.

Construction of the project, called the Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project, is expected to begin in 2021. It is currently undergoing engineering design and environmental review.


Diverse Responses to Persistent Water Scarcity Highlighted on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Drought resilience efforts in scenic Santa Barbara region explored in new tour that starts and ends in Burbank

Pyramid LakeNew to the Foundation’s water tours this year, our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 will journey through the Santa Barbara area to examine the portfolio approach being taken to the challenges of limited surface and groundwater supplies by several local agencies as they work to build drought resilience for the future.

Solutions such as ocean and brackish water desalination, advanced purification and groundwater injection and pervious concrete retrofitting for groundwater recharge will be explored, as well as cloud seeding and atmospheric river research.


Seeding Clouds and Atmospheric River Research Among Efforts Explored on Edge of Drought Tour that Starts in Burbank
Get Your Early Bird Ticket Before They’re Gone to Learn About the Challenge of Persistent Water Scarcity on Central Coast August 27-29

Understanding how atmospheric rivers affect the location, duration and intensity of storms could help managers in the water-short Santa Barbara area make better decisions about operations. Some are even using cloud seeding to increase precipitation in the region’s watershed.

During our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29, we’ll visit an atmospheric river observatory in Santa Barbara that specifically monitors the meteorological phenomenon and also visit Lopez Lake to hear from the County of San Luis Obispo on their cloud seeding efforts.


Registration Now Open for the 36th Annual Water Summit; Take Advantage of Early Bird Discount by Registering Today
Join us Oct. 30 for key conversations on water in California and the West

Registration opens today for the Water Education Foundation’s 36th annual Water Summit, set for Oct. 30 in Sacramento. This year’s theme, Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning, reflects fast-approaching deadlines for the State Groundwater Management Act as well as the pressing need for new approaches to water management as California and the West weather intensified flooding, fire and drought. To register for this can’t-miss event, visit our Water Summit event page.

Registration includes a full day of discussions by leading stakeholders and policymakers on key issues, as well as coffee, materials, gourmet lunch and an outdoor reception by the Sacramento River that will offer the opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees. The summit also features a silent auction to benefit our Water Leaders program featuring items up for bid such as kayaking trips, hotel stays and lunches with key people in the water world.


Latest Western Water Rounds Up Summer Reading That You Won’t Want to Miss
Articles range from rethinking Southern California water portfolios to a downside of water conservation

In the weekly sprint through work, it’s easy to miss some interesting nuggets on water resource issues in California and the West that you might want to read.

So we want to help you catch up on Western Water articles from the first half of this year that you might have missed. They include Q&As with key water leaders such as California’s Natural Resource Secretary Wade Crowfoot and articles that spotlight efforts to achieve water sustainability or highlight unintended consequences of conservation.