Facing the challenges of sustainably managing and sharing water,
our most precious natural resource, requires collaboration,
education and outreach. Since 1977, the Water Education
Foundation has put water resource issues in California and the
West in context to inspire a deep understanding of and
appreciation for water.
Taking a steady pulse of the water world, the Foundation offers
educational materials, tours of key watersheds, water news, water
leadership training and conferences that bring together diverse
voices. By providing tools and platforms for engagement with wide
audiences, we aim to help build sound and collective solutions to
What We Do
We support and execute a wide variety of programming to build a
better understanding of water resources across the West,
Mission: The mission of the Water Education
Foundation, an impartial nonprofit, is to inspire understanding
of water and catalyze critical conversations to build bridges and
inform collaborative decision-making
Vision: A society that has the ability to
resolve its water challenges to benefit all
Where We Work
Our office is located in Sacramento, CA.
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Applications are now available for
our yearlong Water
One of our most popular programs, the Water Leaders class is
aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California
water issues and building leadership skills with class members by
studying a water-related topic in-depth and working with a
Register today for
our Water Summit,
hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the
afternoon of Oct. 28, to hear a variety of
perspectives detailing the on-the-ground impacts of the the
current drought in California.
Applications will soon be available
for our yearlong Water Leaders class, which will mark its 25th
year in 2022, so now is the time to start polishing those resumes
and seeking support from employers.
One of our most popular programs, the William R. “Bill” Gianelli Water
Leaders class is aimed at providing a deeper
understanding of California water issues and building leadership
skills with class members by studying a water-related topic
in-depth and working with a mentor.
Register now for next week’s virtual
California Tour on Oct. 14 to explore the
Sacramento River and its tributaries and learn about issues
associated with a key source for the state’s water supply,
including the drought now gripping California.
During the afternoon online event, you’ll visit rice farms and
wetlands in the Sacramento Valley and hear from farmers and
environmentalists about efforts to restore runs of endangered
chinook salmon and help birds along the Pacific Flyway. You’ll
also get up close to Oroville Dam, a key component of the State
Water Project, and learn how its two spillways were repaired
following a catastrophic 2017 storm, and visit other major
infrastructure such as Shasta Dam, part of the federal Central
Valley Project. In addition, you’ll visit the area being eyed for
the proposed Sites Reservoir. Seating on the virtual “tour
bus” is limited, so get your ticket
Registration is now open for the
Foundation’s Water Summit,
hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the
afternoon of Oct. 28, followed by an optional in-person
reception during an open-air cruise along the Sacramento River.
With the theme, Pivoting Today’s Pain into Tomorrow’s
Gain, the online event will examine what’s being
done to get through the drought now gripping California and
highlight some of the innovative programs, projects and
partnerships aimed at addressing the challenges.
Our annual premier event now in its 37th year, the Water
Summit features policymakers, water managers and
other water experts who will provide the latest information
and viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and
The Water Education Foundation’s
just-released 2020 Annual Report recaps how, even in
the midst of a global pandemic, we continued educating about the
most crucial natural resource in California and the West –
The annual report takes readers along to see the array of
educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year,
including engaging virtual water
tours that educated participants on pressing water
issues and allowed them to interact with each other and a wide
range of experts offering different viewpoints.
Join us next Thursday,
Sept. 9, for an engaging online Bay-Delta
Tour that will feature live Q&A with key experts on the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s vital water hub and the
West Coast’s largest freshwater tidal estuary.
You’ll learn about Delta ecosystem restoration, impacts to
ocean fisheries from changes in the Delta, agriculture and
municipal water use and the Delta’s role in supplying water to
Southern California. You’ll hear from farmers, fish biologists,
water managers, people working on restoration efforts and
more. Plus, you’ll get your hands on the newest update of our
Guide to the Delta, published in 2020.
Water is flowing once again
to the Colorado River’s delta in Mexico, a vast region that
was once a natural splendor before the iconic Western river was
dammed and diverted at the turn of the last century, essentially
turning the delta into a desert.
In 2012, the idea emerged that water could be intentionally sent
down the river to inundate the delta floodplain and regenerate
native cottonwood and willow trees, even in an overallocated
river system. Ultimately, dedicated flows of river water were
brokered under cooperative
efforts by the U.S. and Mexican governments.
The Water Education Foundation was
hoping to host a few in-person events this fall (and you
told us in a survey that you wanted us to) but with the rise in
the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases, we have decided to
present our Water Summit and Headwaters Tour in a virtual
However, while our annual Water Summit will be virtual on Oct.
28, we are hoping to include an optional outdoor reception
aboard a boat for a Sacramento River cruise. Stay tuned for
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,
the largest estuary on the West Coast, is a vital hub in
California’s complex water delivery system as well as a rich
farming region, an important wetlands area – and often, a source
Join us for an engaging online
journey on Sept. 9 to go deep into
the Delta and its 720,000-acre network of islands and
canals that supports the state’s two large water systems -
the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley
Join us for a Sept. 9 virtual
journey into California’s most critical and
controversial water region in the state, the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta, and learn how the drought is impacting water
quality and supply.
The Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals, supports
the state’s two large water systems – the State Water Project and
the federal Central Valley Project – and, together with the San
Francisco Bay, forms an important ecological resource.
State work to improve wildlife habitat and tamp down dust at California’s ailing Salton Sea is finally moving forward. Now the sea may be on the verge of getting the vital ingredient needed to supercharge those restoration efforts – money.
The shrinking desert lake has long been a trouble spot beset by rising salinity and unhealthy, lung-irritating dust blowing from its increasingly exposed bed. It shadows discussions of how to address the Colorado River’s two-decade-long drought because of its connection to the system. The lake is a festering health hazard to nearby residents, many of them impoverished, who struggle with elevated asthma risk as dust rises from the sea’s receding shoreline.
Curious about the significance of
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Looking for the latest
information on the drought hitting California and the West? Want
to read up on some of the historic figures in California water?
The Water Education Foundation has an array of online resources
to help you keep up with what’s new, what you need to know and
what you might be curious about involving water in California and
Dear Friends and Supporters of the
Water Education Foundation!
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
At the Foundation, we are busy preparing to move to a new office
near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers,
planning a blend of virtual and in-person programming for
the fall and offering a sale on our beautiful water maps and
guides so we don’t have to move them.
We’re in the final weeks of our
moving sale as we prepare to head to new quarters next month, so
you still have a little time left to knock 30 percent off the
price of our water maps, Layperson’s Guides, DVDs and more.
Use the code MOVINGSALE when you check out
to claim your 30 percent discount and get those updated maps,
guides and DVDs you’ve wanted.
Las Vegas, known for its searing summertime heat and glitzy casino fountains, is projected to get even hotter in the coming years as climate change intensifies. As temperatures rise, possibly as much as 10 degrees by end of the century, according to some models, water demand for the desert community is expected to spike. That is not good news in a fast-growing region that depends largely on a limited supply of water from an already drought-stressed Colorado River.