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
This premiere water conference offered participants the
opportunity to hear from top policymakers and leading
stakeholders on key water topics:
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.
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.
This 3-day, 2-night tour traveled the length of the Sacramento
Valley, a major source of water for California.
Experts talked about the history of the Sacramento River as the
tour wends through riparian woodland, crop fields and nut
orchards. The 3-day, 2-night tour tracks important water
issues for farming and environmental uses, visits potential
storage sites, discusses innovative programs for flood
management, groundwater management and salmon restoration.
This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the Sacramento region to
rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key
resource in California.
The tour examined groundwater monitoring stations where
participants learned how this precious resource is measured,
tracked and evaluated. Visited local farms and wineries that
mitigate groundwater needs through innovative irrigation
techniques. Learned about groundwater contamination and ways to
prevent it at a local dairy.
This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled through the San Joaquin Valley
to explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented four-year
drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being
taken to avert disaster.
This 3-day, 2-night tour featured experts who discussed the
issues and controversies with this important resource, farmers
who grow produce and environmentalists who are trying to bolster
declining fish populations.
What attendees say about this tour:
What did you like best?
“Seeing the Delta with my own eyes. Getting a better handle on
issues & complexity of the Delta. Thoughtful, informative
speakers. The Bay Model!”
This 2-day, 1-night tour traveled from the
Sacramento region to Napa Valley to view sites that explore
groundwater issues. Topics included groundwater quality,
overdraft and subsidence, agricultural use, wells, and regional
Travel across the state on Amtrak’s famed California
Zephyr, from the edge of sparkling San Francisco Bay,
through the meandering channels of the Delta, past rich Central
Valley farmland, growing cities, historic mining areas and into
the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
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