Some of the biggest decisions in
California water come from the Legislature. In recent years,
state lawmakers passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act, perhaps the most important water-related law in 100 years.
Water in the Central Valley supports
more than just farms and cities – it supports ecological wonders,
endangered species and a diverse array of wildlife.
On our Central Valley
Tour, March 14-16, you will visit wildlife habitat areas –
some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from
the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large
dams and other infrastructure.
Twenty-two early to mid-career water professionals have been
chosen for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the
Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive career
Tickets are now on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s April 11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River.
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 Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The tour also visits the Salton Sea, Slab City, the All-American Canal and farming regions in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.
Get a unique view of the San Joaquin Valley’s key dams and
reservoirs that store and transport water on our March Central
Our Central Valley
Tour, March 14-16, offers a broad view of water issues
in the San Joaquin Valley. In addition to the farms, orchards,
critical habitat for threatened bird populations, flood bypasses
and a national wildlife refuge, we visit some of California’s
major water infrastructure projects.
Western Water, the
Foundation’s flagship publication, has been providing respected,
in-depth coverage of water resource issues in California and the
Colorado River Basin in a print format since 1977. Beginning this
year, Western Water is moving online.
California’s complicated water
rights system was highlighted in recent years as state
regulators curtailed some water rights due to the drought. That
action prompted some water rights holders to go to court to
retain their rights. Others called for a revamping of the water
rights system all together. And more recently, some have called
for giving a water right to the environment.
101 Workshop is a unique, once-a-year opportunity designed to
give newly elected water district directors and other
participants a chance to go beyond the headlines and gain a
deeper understanding of California water.
Participants at the Feb. 22 workshop at McGeorge School of Law in
Sacramento will learn from top experts about:
Last year’s winter rains left the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs
at above-average levels. But groundwater depletion and the
resulting ground subsidence continue to beset farmers and water
managers. What does this year hold? And will there be enough
water to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the
Your best chance to understand the challenges and opportunities
of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket is to join us
on our Central Valley
Tour, March 14-16.
Three new members have joined the Water Education Foundation’s
33-member Board of Directors for 2018. They are Dana “Bart”
Fisher Jr., a farmer in the Palo Verde Valley, Yung-Hsin Sun of
Stantec, and Richard Aragon with Rancho California Water
Happy New Year to all the friends and supporters of the Water Education Foundation!
As we turn the page on 2017 and the year that the Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary, we are looking ahead to exciting changes for 2018.
To start, our popular Water 101 Workshop in February will for the first time include an optional field trip. This year, we will be delving into the Delta for a one-day tour to give participants a close-up view of one of the most pressing and controversial places in water.
Our flagship publication, Western Water magazine, will soon become a completely online news resource free for anyone to get up to speed on the critical water issues facing California and the West. Pulled together by veteran journalists at the Foundation, Western Water has been the trusted source for coverage of the policy, science and legal issues surrounding water since 1977. You can sign up here to get notified via email of our latest articles. If you already get our digital magazine you will automatically be signed up.
Our tours are legendary for being packed with educational
experiences you will not find anywhere else, networking
opportunities with water professionals and fun adventures
through the American Southwest.
Drought and climate change are having a noticeable impact on the
Colorado River Basin, and that is posing potential challenges to
those in the Southwestern United States and Mexico who rely on
In the just-released Winter 2017-18 edition of River
Report, writer Gary Pitzer examines what scientists
project will be the impact of climate change on the Colorado
River Basin, and how water managers are preparing for a future of
The Water Education Foundation has hired veteran journalist
Douglas E. Beeman as its
news & publications director as it prepares to move more of its
journalism online, announced Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s
Starting in 2018, the Foundation’s premiere water resources
magazine, Western Water, will join the world of online
media where it will increase the pace of its coverage and expand
its reach via social media. Western Water currently is a
quarterly print magazine.
The 2017 Water Leaders class
organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year
with a report outlining policy recommendations for the
future of water storage in California.
The class of 20 from
various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from
cities and towns across the state had full editorial control to
chose recommendations. While they did not endorse a specific
storage proposal, they recommended that California:
You still have a few days left to score a holiday water bargain:
The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map
and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
The California water bundle features our newly redesigned
California Water Map and the most recent version of the
Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Regularly priced at $20
for the map and $15 for the guide, this bundle allows you to
purchase both of these high-quality products for $25. Please note
they ship separately.
Deepen your knowledge of California water issues at our popular
101 Workshop and jump aboard the bus the next day to
visit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre
network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water
system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological
Here’s a special holiday gift offer for the water wonk in your
life: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California
water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water
Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to
California Water. Order here by Dec. 18
to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.
There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated
Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim
climate change forecast.
People who have dealt with river management issues for decades
are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon
years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably
sharing a vital resource.
Water is one of California’s most important resources. And since
1977 the Water Education Foundation has been helping
policymakers, teachers, journalists and the public gain a better
understanding of water in California – and the challenges the
state confronts as people weigh how water should be used,
especially in times of scarcity.