This tour traveled along the San Joaquin River to learn firsthand
about one of the nation’s largest and most expensive river
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most
contentious legal battles in California water history,
ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government,
Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental
Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno
327 E Fir Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
Our 2022 Water Summit, the Water Education Foundation’s premier
event of the year, featured engaging conversations about
critical issues impacting water statewide and across the
West revolving around the theme: Rethinking
Water in the West.
The in-person event was hosted on Thursday, October 27, at The
Westin Sacramento and included lunch and an evening
reception along California’s largest and longest river, the
Sacramento River, for an opportunity to network with speakers and
The Westin Sacramento
4800 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
We marked the 25th anniversary of
our California Water
Leaders program by holding a reunion of alums dating
back to 1997 when the program first began.
If you had gone through our program, registration was
available for our reunion on Oct. 26, from 4 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m., to mark the special anniversary. We
hosted it in Sacramento along the American River in a
rustic, relaxed setting with lawn games, happy hour and
Over the past decade, climate
whiplash in California has been evident in the big swings from
very dry years to very wet years and back again. That dynamic was
seen in microcosm within the 2021-2022 water year as we went from
a relatively wet beginning from Oct.-Dec. to the driest
Jan.-March period in the state’s history, rendering the spring’s
precipitation “too little, too late.”
How has this new reality affected our reliance on historical
patterns to forecast California’s water supply? What efforts are
being made to improve precipitation forecasting at varying time
scales through new science, models and technology? Participants
found out at our one-day event June 9 in Irvine,
Making Progress on Drought Management: Improvements in
Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting.
100 Academy Way
Irvine, California 92617
This tour traveled deep into California’s water hub and traversed 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.
Water from Northern California flows through the Delta and provides drinking water for more than 27 million Californians and irrigation to about 3 million acres of farmland that contribute to the state’s $54 billion agricultural industry.
Water Education Foundation
2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
This tour 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.
One of our most popular events, our
annual Water 101 Workshop detailed the history,
geography, legal and political facets of water in California
as well as hot topics of the moment.
Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in
California, the one-day workshop on
April 8 gave attendees a deeper understanding of
the state’s most precious natural resource.
The workshop, held at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento,
was beneficial to water resource industry staff, engineering
and environmental firm personnel, city council members, county
supervisors, legislators, legislative staff, press, advocates,
attorneys, environmentalists, public interest organizations,
water district directors and others.
McGeorge School of Law
3327 5th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
The lower Colorado River has virtually every drop 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, 30 tribal nations 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.
Hyatt Place Las Vegas At Silverton Village
8380 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Thirty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our water supply is largely dependent on the health of our Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires, widespread tree mortality and other climate change impacts.
This virtual journey into the foothills and the mountains examined water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout the state.
California’s Central Valley is known as the nation’s breadbasket thanks to an imported supply of surface water and local groundwater. This virtual journey took participants through about 20,000 square miles of the heart of the state, which provides 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.
The 2021 Water Summit, our annual premier event, was hosted as an engaging virtual experience on the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2021, and was followed by an optional in-person reception cruise in Sacramento aboard an open-air yacht on the Sacramento River.
The 37th Water Summit featured top policymakers and leading experts who provided the latest information and viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and the West.
This tour guided participants on a virtual journey deep into California’s most crucial water and ecological resource – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The 720,000-acre network of islands and canals support the state’s two major water systems – the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. The Delta and the connecting San Francisco Bay form the largest freshwater tidal estuary of its kind on the West coast.
This event 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.
This tour 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 is the focus of this tour.
3333 Blue Diamond Road
Las Vegas, NV 89139
The Water Education Foundation’s Water 101 Workshop, one of our most popular events, offered attendees the opportunity to deepen their understanding of California’s water history, laws, geography and politics.
Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop held on Feb. 20, 2020 covered the latest on the most compelling issues in California water.
McGeorge School of Law
3327 5th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
This 2-day, 1-night tour offered participants the opportunity to
learn about water issues affecting California’s scenic Central
Coast and efforts to solve some of the challenges of a region
struggling to be sustainable with limited local supplies that
have potential applications statewide.
This tour explored the Sacramento River and its tributaries
through a scenic landscape as participants learned about the
issues associated with a key source for the state’s water supply.
All together, the river and its tributaries supply 35 percent of
California’s water and feed into two major projects: the State
Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. Tour
participants got an on-site update of Oroville Dam spillway
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