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New Stops and Speakers Give a Fresh Look at Sierra Nevada Watershed on Headwaters Tour June 27-28
Last chance to grab a seat on this two-day tour with overnight stay at Lake Tahoe

Our Headwaters Tour next week will feature a new route, new stops and some new speakers who will provide a fresh look at the Sierra Nevada watershed so vital to California’s water supply.

Only a few seats are left for the June 27-28 tour and registration ends soon, so sign up here to ensure your spot!

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FLASH SALE: Save 25% Starting Friday on All Water Maps and Layperson’s Guides During Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with limited-time discounts on all our educational maps, guides and publications about this critical resource

Summer Solstice happens Friday, and to celebrate the longest day of the year we’re offering a special 25% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, layperson’s guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs until midnight Friday. Use the promo code SOLSTICE2019 at checkout to get your discount.

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Latest Western Water Examines Consequences to Wastewater Systems and Recycling From California’s Drive to Save Water
Lower flows damage equipment, concentrate waste and stink up neighborhoods; should water conservation focus shift outdoors?

Californians have been doing an exceptional job reducing their indoor water use, helping the state survive the most recent drought. With more droughts inevitable, Californians are likely to face even greater calls to save water in the future.

However, less water used in the home for clothes washing and toilet flushing means less water flowing out and pushing waste through the sewers. That has created a host of complications (including stinking neighborhoods and damaged treatment equipment), some of which add to the cost of treating wastewater. It also means less recycled water for such things as irrigating parks, replenishing groundwater or keeping rivers vibrant for fish and wildlife.

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Summer Tours Explore Forest Challenges in the Sierra and Lurking Threat of Drought Along the Coast
Follow our June 5-7 Bay-Delta Tour on Twitter

Get an up-close view of California’s diverse water resource issues with two of our summer tours — to the Sierra Nevada headwaters where wildfires and tree mortality pose significant challenges to the upper watershed and a Southern California coastal region chronically prone to drought.

But first, we are on the road today through Friday on our Bay-Delta Tour, and you can follow our travels on Twitter. We’re taking participants into the heart of California water policy - the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Along the way we’ll share photos and interesting facts from the diverse array of speakers we’ll hear from. Track us with the hashtag #BayDeltaTour.

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Summer Tours Explore California’s Plentiful Mountain Snowpack and a Lurking Threat of Drought Along the Coast
Follow our June 5-7 Bay-Delta Tour on Twitter

Get an up-close view of California’s diverse water resource issues with two of our summer tours — to the Sierra Nevada headwaters that were blessed this winter with a plentiful snowpack, and a Southern California coastal region chronically prone to drought.

But first, we hit the road June 5-7 for our Bay-Delta Tour, and you can follow our travels on TwitterWe’ll take participants into the heart of California water policy – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Stops include Clifton Court Forebay and the federal pumping plant, a Delta farm tour, Suisun Marsh and a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay to the Bay Model in Sausalito. Along the way we’ll share photos and interesting facts from the diverse array of speakers we’ll hear from. Track us with the hashtag #BayDeltaTour. 

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SAVE THE DATE! Water Education Foundation’s 36th Annual Water Summit Set for Oct. 30
Mark your calendar and consider grabbing a coveted sponsorship spot for the Water Summit

The 2019 Water Summit will take place in a new location on the Sacramento riverfront on Oct. 30, 2019. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest information on key issues affecting water in California and the West from leading experts and top policymakers.

We hope to see you there. Look for more details and speaker announcements for this exciting daylong event coming soon!

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Latest Western Water Assesses John Wesley Powell’s Legacy in the West
150 years after Colorado River expedition, a scholar praises Powell as an early visionary of wise water use in an arid region

John Wesley PowellOne hundred and fifty years after John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Colorado River, the magnitude of his accomplishment remains a fascinating chapter in the history of the American West and a key moment in the understanding of the region’s geology and hydrology.

But Powell’s imprint on the West hardly ends there. He had strong opinions of how the West should be settled and how people should use its water, views that often set him in conflict with those at the time who pushed for unbridled development. In a Q&A with Western Water’s Gary Pitzer, Emeritus Professor Charles Wilkinson from the University of Colorado Law School and a scholar of the American West, assesses Powell’s legacy on the 150th anniversary of his expedition to explore the Colorado, a river that 40 million people now depend on.

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Learn About Atmospheric River Research and Forest Management on Headwaters Tour June 27-28
Two-day tour with overnight at Lake Tahoe includes new route & stops; early-bird tickets end May 27th

Water supply for California’s cities and farms is largely dependent on snowmelt from the upper watershed in the Sierra Nevada, but that pattern is being challenged by wildfires, climate change and widespread tree mortality. Fire damage in an upstream watershed can last for decades with the effects felt far downstream through increased risk of flood and erosion.

Our Headwaters Tour June 27-28 highlights this connection between fire and water with an up-close look at the critical role healthy Sierra forests play in water supply and quality across California.

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Headwaters Tour Explores the Role of Forest Management in Watershed Health From Research to Application
June 27-28 tour will include stops at forest research station and a pilot project aimed at forest restoration

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada, making the state’s water supply largely dependent on the health of Sierra forests. But those forests are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.

On our Headwaters Tour June 27-28, we will visit Eldorado and Tahoe national forests to learn about new forest management practices, including efforts to both prevent wildfires and recover from them.

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Latest Western Water News Looks At Challenges Ahead in Next Round of Colorado River Talks
Climate change, growth, tribal water rights and shrinking Salton Sea expected to be among issues facing negotiators

Stakeholders throughout the Colorado River Basin just wrapped up arduous negotiations on a drought plan considered critical to keeping water levels in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest-capacity reservoir, from falling to unacceptable levels.

There’s little time to rest, however. Stakeholders are expected to begin the even more difficult task of hammering out sweeping new guidelines for delivering water and sharing shortages that could re-imagine how the overworked river is managed. The existing interim guidelines, first adopted in 2007, are due to expire in 2026.

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August Tour Examines Lurking Threat of Drought Along the California Coast
Sign up today for the 'Edge of Drought' Tour Aug. 27-29

Lake CachumaThe California coast is known for its scenic landscape, but the beauty belies a region chronically prone to drought, mudslides and wildfire.

On our August Edge of Drought Tour, we’re venturing into the Santa Barbara area to learn about the water challenges and the steps being taken to boost supplies.

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Summer Tours Explore California’s Plentiful Mountain Snowpack and a Lurking Threat of Drought Along the Coast
Headwaters Tour June 27-28 and Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 Offer a Firsthand View of Diverse California Water Issues

Get a firsthand view of California’s diverse water resource issues with two of our summer tours — to the Sierra Nevada headwaters that were blessed this winter with a plentiful snowpack, and a Southern California coastal region chronically prone to drought.

On tap this June is a new route for our Headwaters Tour as we head into the Sierra Nevada mountains, where 60% of California’s developed water supply originates. With the health of our Sierra forests suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality, we’ll examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout the state. Among our stops is a pilot project for thinning the forest in the Yuba River watershed.

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Big Day of Giving is Today! Help Us Continue Our Work with a Donation!
Stop by our open house this afternoon to meet our staff and check out our latest events and programs

Big Day of Giving is today, and your donation can help the Foundation continue its work to enhance public understanding about California’s most important natural resource – water.

Big Day of Giving is an annual 24-hour online event aimed at raising funds for nonprofits in the Sacramento region and highlighting the good work they do. You can make your Big Day of Giving donation until midnight tonight.

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Stop By Our Open House May 2 And See How We Help Educate About Water
Meet our staff and learn about the Foundation's tours, training programs and publications about water

Join us for an open house and reception on Thursday, May 2, at our office in midtown Sacramento, where you can meet our staff and learn more about what we do to educate and foster public understanding of water resource issues in California and the Southwest.

The Water Education Foundation has been doing this work for more than 40 years! This open house, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is an ideal time to meet some of the people behind our Water Leaders program for early to mid-career professionals, our tours and workshops, our Project WET teacher training and our Western Water online news. 

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Join Us on Upcoming Water Tours Across the Santa Barbara Region, Sierra Nevada and the Bay-Delta
And learn more about our tours, events and publications at our May 2 open house in Sacramento

Our upcoming tours will explore diverse areas of California where attendees can learn about the water-related issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the headwaters in the Sierra Nevada and the coastal areas around Santa Barbara.

Registration is now open for our newest tour, called Edge of Drought, which will travel through Southern California and the Santa Barbara region Aug. 27-29. The tour starts and ends in Burbank.

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FLASH SALE: Get 25% Off Our Beautiful Water Maps With An “Earth Day” Discount
Special discount today on maps highlighting California's rivers, lakes and groundwater, as well as Colorado River Basin and other watersheds

Learn more about how water is used in California and across the West for people, farms and the environment with one of our poster-size water maps – and today, on Earth Day, you can get these beautiful wall maps for 25% off the list price.

Use the discount code EARTHDAY19 at checkout. This 25% discount is good on all our maps, but only until midnight.

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Stop By Our Open House May 2 and Learn How We Help Educate About Water
Meet our staff and learn about the Foundation's tours, training programs and publications about water

Come join us for an open house and reception on Thursday, May 2 at our office in midtown Sacramento, where you can meet our staff and learn more about what we do to educate and foster public understanding of water resource issues in California and the Southwest.

The Water Education Foundation has been around in California for more than 40 years! This open house, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is an ideal time to meet some of the people behind our Water Leaders program for early to mid-career professionals, our tours and workshops, our Project WET teacher training and our Western Water online news.

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Explore California’s Vital Water Hub on Our Popular Bay-Delta Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at hot topics involving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, is a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system as well as a rich farming region, an important wetlands area – and often, a source of conflict.

On our annual Bay-Delta Tour June 5-7, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer various perspectives on the latest news in the region. 

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We’re Holding an Open House and Reception May 2
Meet our staff and learn about the various ways the Foundation educates and fosters public understanding about water

Join us May 2 for an open house and reception at our midtown Sacramento office to meet our staff and learn more about what we do to educate and foster understanding of California’s most precious natural resource — water.

At the open house, you can enjoy refreshments and chat with our staff about our tours, conferences, maps, publications and training programs for teachers and up-and-coming water industry professionals. You’ll also be able to learn more about how you can support our work.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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Keep Up With the Latest Water News and Information
Water Education Foundation offers daily news briefing, online encyclopedia and original coverage of water

The Water Education Foundation is your trusted go-to source for impartial news, information and background on water resources in California and the Southwest.

Our flagship publication, Western Water, has been written and edited by Foundation journalists for more than 40 years. In one of our latest articles, we looked at how water managers in Kern County, with its $7 billion a year farm economy, were striving to devise a plan that manages and protects groundwater for the long term yet ensures the county’s economy can continue to thrive, even with less water. We also recently reported on a talk by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in which he urged creation of a Bay-Delta Compact as a way to end a “culture of conflict” in California’s key water hub, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

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