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Water Leader Apps Now Available for 2024 Cohort; Agenda Posted for Water Summit Along with Sponsorship Opportunities

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The application period for our 2024 Water Leaders class is now open, and don’t forget to sign up for our virtual Q&A session on Oct. 31 if you are interested in applying or supporting a candidate.

Check out the interesting lineup of topics and speakers for our Oct. 25 Water Summit; the agenda is now posted. And don’t miss out on snatching up a sponsorship for our annual event!


Seize a Coveted Sponsor Spot for Oct. 25 Water Summit; Join Virtual Q&A for 2024 Water Leader Applicants; Keep on Top of Water News

Exclusive Water Summit Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Water Education Foundation’s 39th annual Water Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Sacramento with the theme, Taking On the Improbable in Western Water. Exclusive sponsorships are available for the breaks, lunch and evening reception, all of which are prime networking opportunities for the water professionals in attendance.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday Top of the Scroll: California just experienced a ‘miracle’ water year. But winter could bring new challenges

The typically parched, brown hills above Los Angeles are a vibrant shade of green — a rarity for early October. In state parks, waterfalls and rivers that were vastly reduced are now gushing with water. And in Lake Oroville, boats float on deep blue water that only a year ago was shrinking toward record lows. The transformed landscape is the result of a remarkable California water year that saw 141% of average rainfall statewide, officials announced this week. … But with abundance comes risk: Forecasters are warning of another potentially wet winter fueled by El Niño, which could bring levee breaches and flooding to the state once again. 

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California will soon require many cities to slash water use

A second straight wet winter may be in store for California, but state water regulators are turning their attention to the prospect of long-term water shortages, with plans for permanent statewide restrictions. Under a first-of-its-kind proposal, about 400 cities and suppliers, including most in the Bay Area, will soon have to meet state-mandated targets on water use, requiring some to cut consumption by 20% or more within two years, regardless of how wet or dry it is. Fines for violators could run as high as $10,000 per day. … On Wednesday, the state water board is holding a workshop to hear public comment on the plan, which is dubbed Making Conservation a California Way of Life. A final policy is expected to be in place next year.

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Aquafornia news Fresnoland

Is groundwater trading the future of California water?

A summit in Fresno last week was upbeat on a dour topic: the megadrought of the American West. … At the meeting, a new vision of water in the valley emerged. … By expanding the supply of water that can be bought and sold, the Valley’s agricultural economy could defy climate change and drought, and grow by $1 billion dollars by 2040, instead of the alternative – a $4 to 6 billion shrinkage over the same time span if water trading isn’t utilized. To get more groundwater trading done between farms, and from agriculture to cities, the state needs a new water rights system, said Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources.

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Aquafornia news KNAU - Arizona Public Radio

Water managers inch closer to plan for removing invasive fish in Colorado River

Federal officials say they’re one step closer to finalizing a plan to remove invasive fish from the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials announced Tuesday that they had initiated the formal process to make adjustments to the river’s flow. The department has proposed altering the dam’s output to reduce water temperatures and disrupt the spawning of predatory smallmouth bass that thrive in warmer waters. The altered flows could run through 2027. As levels in Lake Powell have dropped smallmouth bass and other invasive species have passed through the dam and have gained a foothold in the river.

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Online Water Encyclopedia

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Sacramento National Wildlife RefugeWetlands are among the most important and hardest-working ecosystems in the world, rivaling rain forests and coral reefs in productivity of life. 

They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of water, sequester carbon, reduce flooding and erosion, recharge groundwater and provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities from fishing and hunting to photography. They also serve as critical habitat for wildlife, including a large percentage of plants and animals on California’s endangered species list.

Bay-Delta Tour participants viewing the Bay Model

Bay Model

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bay Model is a giant hydraulic replica of San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is housed in a converted World II-era warehouse in Sausalito near San Francisco.

Hundreds of gallons of water are pumped through the three-dimensional, 1.5-acre model to simulate a tidal ebb and flow lasting 14 minutes.

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Salton Sea

As part of the historic Colorado River Delta, the Salton Sea regularly filled and dried for thousands of years due to its elevation of 237 feet below sea level.

Lake Oroville shows the effects of drought in 2014.


Drought—an extended period of limited or no precipitation—is a fact of life in California and the West, with water resources following boom-and-bust patterns. During California’s 2012–2016 drought, much of the state experienced severe drought conditions: significantly less precipitation and snowpack, reduced streamflow and higher temperatures. Those same conditions reappeared early in 2021 prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom in May to declare drought emergencies in watersheds across 41 counties in California.