In addition to our deeply researched Layperson’s Guides and other
published content (see subjects at left or below), the Foundation
released a book in 2000, Water & the Shaping of California,
to critical acclaim. This coffee table style book features
gorgeous historic and color photos of water while the text traces
the way water has influenced the development of the state’s
cities and farms. Famous quotations and excerpts from literature
about water offer readers an in-depth understanding of how much
water has shaped our lives.
Beyond the written word, television productions offer the
Foundation the opportunity to reach out to the general public,
whether at a water board or other government agency and on PBS
stations. These productions help viewers understand the,
historic, technical and political nature of the water debate.
Often referred to as mini-textbooks, the Foundation’s popular
Layperson’s Guide series offers readers an easy-to-understand,
broad overview and perspective on a variety of important water
topics. The guides, which range from 20 to 32 pages, are
periodically updated to include the most recent information. The
guides can be purchased as a set or individually. Currently 16
titles are available.
The Water Education Foundation’s semiannual California Runoff
Rundown covered issues related to nonpoint source water
pollution. The free newsletter brought readers examples of
successful strategies being used across California to keep
nonpoint source pollutants out of waterways, lakes, reservoirs
and the ocean.
California water, the Delta, Lake Tahoe, the Klamath River, the
Salton Sea, and drinking water issues are some of the places and
water issues featured in public television documentaries
developed by the Water Education Foundation in partnership with
independent television producers. Three of the documentaries have
received regional Emmys; the 2005 program Water on the Edge
received a bronze Telly award.
The Water Education Foundation offers a variety of programs to
teach our students, our future voters and leaders, about one of
the most critical issues – water. The programs teach students
about the history, geography and science of water. Students also
learn about the difficult political and policy decisions
surrounding this complex issue. Foundation programs are suitable
for students in grades K-14. In addition, the Foundation serves
as the California coordinator for national
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) K-12 program.