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Examine Key California Rivers on the Last Two Water Tours of 2018
Join us as we explore the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers; hear from farmers, water managers, environmentalists

Northern California Tour participants pose in front of Shasta Dam.The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers are the two major Central Valley waterways that feed the Delta, the hub of California’s water supply network. Our last water tours of 2018 will look in-depth at how these rivers are managed and used for agriculture, cities and the environment. You’ll see infrastructure, learn about efforts to restore salmon runs and talk to people with expertise on these rivers.

Early bird prices are still available!

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Project WET Offers Workshops on Water Topics for Educators Across California
Topics include water conservation, climate change and stormwater runoff

There’s still time for K-12 educators to get high-quality professional development training on watersheds, water resources and climate change through California Project WET

The Water Education Foundation is the California coordinator of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), an international, award-winning nonprofit water education program and publisher.

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California’s Headwaters Forests, Besieged by Drought, Beetles and Fire, Among Topics at Sept. 20 Water Summit
Hear from top policymakers and experts on headwaters, controversial Delta flows plan and human right to water at Sacramento summit

Ferguson  Fire near Yosemite National ParkCalifornia’s mountain forests are the source of 60% of the state’s developed water, but they’re under siege from climate change, drought, bark beetles and catastrophic wildfire, including the latest fire sweeping toward Yosemite National Park.

At the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit Sept. 20 in Sacramento, a panel of experts will address the breadth of challenges facing the state’s headwaters, some key scientific research on the forests and potential solutions.

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Today Only: Save 20% on Colorado River Materials During Colorado River Day Sale
Build your Colorado River library with today's discount on Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and more

Today is Colorado River Day, the anniversary of when the Grand River was renamed the Colorado River, extending the name to the Colorado’s headwaters in 1921. To mark the anniversary, we’re offering a 20% discount on our Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other Colorado River educational materials.

This special sale is only today, Wednesday, July 25. Use the promo code COLORADORIVERDAY at checkout to get your 20% discount.

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Northern California Tour Explores Water Resources Across Sacramento Valley
Examine key state and federal water projects, habitat restoration, irrigation and groundwater

Get an up-close look at some of California’s key water reservoirs and learn about farming operations, habitat restoration, flood management and wetlands in the Sacramento Valley on our Northern California Water Tour Oct. 10-12.

Each year, participants on the Northern California Water Tour enjoy three days exploring the Sacramento Valley during the temperate fall. Join us as we travel through a scenic landscape along the Sacramento and Feather rivers to learn about issues associated with storing and delivering the state’s water supply.

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Save 20% on Colorado River Materials During One-Day Colorado River Day Sale
Build your Colorado River library with limited-time discount on Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other materials

Wednesday is Colorado River Day, the anniversary of when, in 1921, the Grand River was renamed the Colorado River, extending the name to the Colorado’s headwaters. To mark the occasion, we’re offering a 20% discount on our Colorado River map, Layperson’s Guides and other Colorado River educational materials.

Don’t miss out! This special sale is one day only, on Wednesday, July 25. Use the promo code COLORADORIVERDAY at checkout to get your 20% discount.

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Water Summit Panel to Address State Plan Aimed at Increasing Freshwater Flows into Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus joins environmental, agricultural and water user stakeholders to discuss challenges and solutions

Controversial flow requirements for the lower San Joaquin River designed to meet ecological needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be among the topics addressed during the Water Education Foundation’s Sept. 20 Water Summit in Sacramento.

The Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit, Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta, will feature panels on the Delta, the Sierra Nevada headwaters and the state’s human right to water law. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will be the keynote speaker at lunch. 

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Water Education Foundation Report Highlights Year of Accomplishment and Celebration
Just-released 2017 Annual Report recaps 40th Anniversary celebration and water education efforts

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2017 Annual Report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and publications we produced last year to create a better understanding of water resources in California and the Southwest.

Marking its 40th anniversary in 2017, the Foundation’s annual report recaps its efforts for the year in words and photos.

Those efforts include workshops and conferences, its invitation-only Colorado River Symposium, its tours of critical watersheds in California and along the lower Colorado River, Project WET’s teacher training programs, the Foundation’s popular poster-size water maps and Layperson’s Guides on climate change, groundwater and the Colorado River Delta, and its flagship publication, Western Water.

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Executive Director Jenn Bowles to Speak at Urban Water Institute’s August Conference

Jennifer Bowles, executive director of the Water Education Foundation, will speak on a panel about the media during the 25th Annual Urban Water Institute’s conference in San Diego Aug 22-24.

Bowles, a veteran journalist and executive editor of the Foundation’s Western Water news, will join other media representatives, including Ry Rivard of the Voice of San Diego, to discuss Working with the Media in Changing Times. Former Foundation Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman, author of Water More or Less, will moderate. See the draft agenda here.

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20% Off Sale Ends Friday; All California and Colorado River Water Maps, Layperson’s Guides featured in Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with discounts today and Friday on all our educational maps, guides and publications

Water Education Foundation mapsTo celebrate today’s Summer Solstice, we’re offering a special 20% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs through Friday, June 22. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount.

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Save 20% Starting Today on All California and Colorado River 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

Water Education Foundation mapsSummer Solstice happens tomorrow, and to celebrate, we’re offering a special 20% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale starts now and runs through Friday. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount.

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Annual Water Summit to Focus on Critical Issues from the Headwaters to the Delta
Registration now open for Sept. 20th event in Sacramento; some sponsorship opportunities still available

Our annual Water Summit, being held Sept. 20, will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta. 

As debate continues to swirl around longer-term remedies for California’s water challenges, the theme reflects the need for straightforward dialogue about more immediate, on-the-ground solutions.

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Latest Western Water Explores What’s Holding Up Lower Colorado River Drought Plan, Need For Solutions
Arizona struggles to settle who will speak for the state on Drought Contingency Plan effort

Lake Mead view from Hoover DamIt’s high-stakes time in Arizona. The state that is first in line to absorb a shortage on the Colorado River is seeking a unified approach for water supply management to join its Lower Basin neighbors, California and Nevada, in a coordinated plan to preserve water levels in Lake Mead before they run too low.

If the lake’s elevation falls below 1,075 feet above sea level, the secretary of the Interior would declare a shortage and Arizona’s deliveries of Colorado River water — water that helps feed its farms and cities — would be reduced by 320,000 acre-feet — enough, Arizona says, to supply about 1 million households a year.

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Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman to be Keynote Speaker at Water Summit
Registration now open for Sept. 20th event in Sacramento

Reclamation Commissioner Brenda BurmanBrenda Burman, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will give the keynote lunch address at our 35th annual conference, the Water Summit, to be held Sept. 20 in Sacramento.

The daylong event will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta.

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New Stop Announced for June 28-29 Headwaters Tour: UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station
Explore Sierra Nevada natural reserve founded by famed conservationist Aldo Leopold’s son, A. Starker Leopold

Sagehen Experimental Forest at sunriseOur Headwaters Tour later this month now includes a stop at the University of California, Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, a Sierra Nevada research and training facility where we’ll learn about forest ecology research and a forest restoration project.

Spots are still available for the June 28-29 tour, but sign up quickly here to ensure your spot! 

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Latest Western Water Explores Invasive Species Monitoring in the Delta, Highlights Cosumnes River Preserve

water hyacinth eradication effort in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.For more than 100 years, invasive species have made the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta their home, disrupting the ecosystem and costing millions of dollars annually in remediation.

The latest invader is the nutria, a large rodent native to South America that causes concern because of its propensity to devour every bit of vegetation in sight and destabilize levees by burrowing into them. Wildlife officials are trapping the animal and trying to learn the extent of its infestation.

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Headwaters Tour Looks at Tree Mortality, Bark Beetle Epidemic & Visits Forest Lab
Join us for the June 28-29 tour that overnights at Lake Tahoe; early-bird price ends May 28

The Sierra Nevada mountains, which are key to California’s water supply through snowmelt, are dotted with nearly 130 million dead trees weakened by drought and insect infestations. 

The severe tree mortality has increased the risk of devastating wildfires, reduced the ability of forests to absorb greenhouse gases and limited the effectiveness of forests and meadows to regulate water quality and moderate downhill flow. While the 2012-2016 drought was one leading cause of tree mortality in California, the dry conditions also exacerbated tree infestations from more than a half-dozen different bark beetles.

On our Headwaters Tour, June 28-29, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists about the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages.

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Sponsorships Available for 35th Annual Water Summit: “Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta”
Mark your calendar for Sept. 20 event and grab a coveted sponsorship spot

“Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta” will be the theme of this year’s Water Summit, featuring top policymakers and others sharing the latest information on key issues affecting water in California and the Southwest.

The day-long event on Sept. 20 is the Water Education Foundation’s premiere event of the year. It will be held at the Westin Sacramento. Look for more details and speaker announcements coming soon!

In the meantime, join Nutrien Ag Solutions in securing a sponsorship opportunity and gaining publicity for your organization by sponsoring lunch or the evening reception along the beautiful Sacramento River.

Learn about all the sponsorship opportunities here. Contact Kasey Chong via email or at 916-812-2643 with any questions.

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Latest Western Water Explores Strategies for Managing Groundwater
Article highlights efforts in Arizona desert to manage demands on groundwater

As California embarks on its unprecedented mission to harness groundwater pumping, the Arizona desert may provide one guide that local managers can look to as they seek to arrest years of overdraft. 

Groundwater is stressed by a demand that often outpaces natural and artificial recharge. In California, awareness of groundwater’s importance resulted in the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014 that aims to have the most severely depleted basins in a state of balance in about 20 years.

Headwaters Tour participants take a hike to a mountain meadow.
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Explore the Sierra’s Upper Watershed on Headwaters Tour June 28-29
Early-bird tickets for two-day event end May 28th; tour overnights at Lake Tahoe

Lake TahoeWater supply for California’s cities and farms is largely dependent on snowmelt from the upper watershed in the Sierra Nevada. But that paradigm is being challenged by wildfires, climate change and widespread tree mortality.

Join us for a two-day tour as we head into the Sierra foothills and up into the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream, but have dramatic impacts on water supply and quality downstream and throughout the state.

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