Past Events


Archive of Past Events

Foundation Event

Monitoring Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley
Free Workshop October 2 in Fresno

Example of land subsidence in the San Joaquin ValleyLand subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been observed in the San Joaquin Valley for decades. Increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade resulted in subsidence rates in excess of a foot per year in some parts of the region.

While subsidence was minimal in 2017 due to one of the wettest years on record, any return to dry conditions would likely set the stage for subsidence to resume as the region relies more heavily on groundwater than surface water.

Fresno State
Alice Peters Auditorium
Fresno, CA 93740

Bay-Delta Tour 2018
Field Trip (past) - May 16-18

Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaWe traveled deep into California’s water hub and traverse 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 resource. The tour made its way to San Francisco Bay, and included a ferry ride.

Paleo Drought Workshop
Using the Past to Improve Drought Preparedness Now

This April 19th workshop in San Pedro was focused on helping Southern California water agencies and others to gain information for improving drought preparedness and updating Urban Water Management Plans. The workshop was sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation.

DoubleTree by Hilton (Madeo Ballroom)
2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina
San Pedro, CA 90731

Lower Colorado River Tour 2018
Field Trip (past) April 11-13

We explored the lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from myriad sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.

The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial needs was the focus of this tour.

Hampton Inn Tropicana
4975 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118

Central Valley Tour 2018
Field Trip (past) - March 14-16

We ventured through California’s Central Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket thanks to an imported supply of surface water and local groundwater. Covering about 20,000 square miles through the heart of the state, the valley provides 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.

Foundation Event University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond
Event included optional Delta Tour

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

McGeorge School of Law
3285 5th Ave, Classroom C
Sacramento, CA 95817
Foundation Event

Test-Run a User’s Guide to Delta Restoration

The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by California Department of Fish & Wildlife) offers new insights into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, examining how to achieve better restoration outcomes by understanding how the natural systems originally functioned.

Given the complexities of the restoration efforts and the large number of agencies and stakeholders involved, in-person dialog among restoration practitioners, landowners and regulators is necessary to adapt the scientific findings into a usable framework for on-the-ground decision-making.

Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691

2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference examined pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The daylong event was held on May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.

Participants heard about the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, the region can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the local water supply.

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Foundation Event

Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit

This half-day workshop in Sacramento brought together regional water and land use leaders from across the state to discuss challenges and opportunities related to:

  • Establishing governance for groundwater management
  • Developing groundwater management and other water management plans
  • Improving regulatory processes and securing sustainable funding – all necessary ingredients for achieving sustainable water balance
Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202
1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2017 Executive Briefing
Sen. Robert Hertzberg gave keynote lunch address; experts addressed Oroville spillway, dam safety and flood management

With a theme focusing on “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing was held March 23 in Sacramento. The event examined new approaches to water management, tools to extend supplies, plans to prepare for drought, and the intersection between politics and policy.

This premiere water conference offered participants the opportunity to hear from top policymakers and leading stakeholders on key water topics:

Foundation Event

2017 Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop with an optional second half-day gave attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Foundation Event

Drought and the Delta

Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers, reservoirs and groundwater. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center and a crucial ecological resource – hasn’t been immune from the impacts of the prolonged drought.

More than 120 people attended this free one-day briefing held in Stockton on Oct. 25, 2016. The event was cosponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.

International Groundwater Conference
Karen Ross, Gordon Burns among the more than 150 speakers at #AgGroundwater conference linking science and policy in San Francisco

Organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair, Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy provided scientists, policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, government officials and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world.

Check out the UC Davis website for more information and a program for the 2016 conference. You can also read the abstracts here. On Twitter, check the hashtag #AgGroundwater for tweets about the conference.

Groundwater is the lifeline for many rural and agricultural regions and their associated cultures and populations around the globe and a cornerstone of global food production. Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world’s drinking water and much of the world’s irrigation water supply.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010
Foundation Event

Water Year 2016: San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions

Although water year 2016 is an improvement over the previous four severely dry years drought conditions persist, with low water allocations for many San Joaquin Valley agricultural water users. Valley groundwater levels continue to decline as surface water shortages are made up by groundwater pumping.

University Business Center
CSU Fresno
Fresno, CA
Foundation Event

Drought-Tolerant Landscape Workshop

This free one-day workshop in Southern California was aimed at improving linkages between water agencies - water districts, and city water departments and utility districts – and the nursery industry to facilitate implementation of urban low-water use landscaping.

The workshop included a field trip to a local wholesale/retail nursery known for its water-wise plants and demonstration gardens.

Speakers covered many topics including:

Foundation Event

Water Year 2016: The Challenges of Water Project Operations

Water year 2016 follows the four-year drought period of 2012-2015. State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project allocations were reduced last year as result of the severely dry hydrology. What are the plans for this year?

Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, water project operations, and groundwater conditions were discussed at a special free briefing held April 26, 2016. Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation in cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology, the event was held at the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) in the University Business Center at CSU Fresno.

Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191)
University Business Center
CSU Fresno
Foundation Event

2016 Anne Schneider Lecture

Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anne Schneider Lecture on April 6.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814