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A Few Seats Left on Bay-Delta Tour, a Don’t-Miss Opportunity to Explore California’s Vital Water Hub
Register by Friday for this once-a-year tour happening May 16 - 18!

The Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaThe Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system. It’s also a rich farming area, an important wetlands – and an ecologically troubled region. 

On our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. The controversial tunnels project, which would carry water beneath the Delta, got a boost recently when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost.

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Job Opening: Join our Team as a Programs Manager

Join our team at the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit in midtown Sacramento that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years.

We have a full-time opening for an energetic, motivated, articulate and detail-oriented Programs Manager who serves as a member of the Foundation’s events team while focusing on one of its most popular programs – water tours.

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Latest Western Water Explores Novel Groundwater Recharge Incentive Program, Lake Tahoe History
Pajaro Valley pilot project offers landowners incentives to help recharge groundwater basin

Michael KiparskySpurred by drought and a major policy shift, groundwater management has assumed an unprecedented mantle of importance in California. Local agencies in the hardest-hit areas of groundwater depletion are drawing plans to halt overdraft and bring stressed aquifers toward recovery. Along the way, an army of experts has been enlisted to help characterize the extent of the problem and how the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 is implemented. 

One of those policy experts is Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute within the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Kiparsky recently co-authored a report that focuses on a pilot project in Santa Cruz County’s Pajaro Valley that he says has intriguing potential for broader applicability.

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

The 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 resources — water.

The 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.

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Join Us For An Open House and Reception May 3 at the Foundation
Check out what we do at open house held in conjunction with Sacramento region's Big Day of Giving

The Water Education Foundation has been around in California for more than 40 years! Have you ever been curious about our Water Leaders program, our tours or workshops, and Western Water news?

Join us for a reception at our midtown Sacramento office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 to meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and check out what we do. Sign up here for the open house so we have a head count.

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Plunge into the Ecology of California Fish on our Bay-Delta Tour May 16-18
Learn about dozens of species – some endangered — that live in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Francisco Bay

Delta smeltOne of the most frequently discussed animals in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is fish. From the anadromous life cycle of the salmon to the controversial and little-understood Delta smelt to invasive species such as the largemouth bass, few animals have a larger impact on water policy and infrastructure in the Delta than the dozens of native and introduced fish found there, especially those species considered endangered.

On our annual Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, you will spend three days immersed in water-related topics, and among them is fish. Most notable is the endangered Delta smelt, whose protections have at times halted the pumps that send water from the Delta to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

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Join Us Thursday For An Open House at the Foundation and Learn What We Do
Meet our staff and explore our programs during open house held in conjunction with Sacramento region's Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving 2018Stop by our midtown Sacramento office Thursday afternoon, May 3, to learn what we do to educate and foster public understanding of one of California’s most precious natural resources — water — and see how you can support our work. 

Join us for an open house and reception at our office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and check out what we do. We’ll have local wines as well as beer donated by Sacramento’s Track 7 Brewing Company. Sign up here for the open house so we have a head count.

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We’re Hiring! Join our Team as a Programs Manager

Join our team at the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit in midtown Sacramento that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years.

We have a full-time opening for an energetic, motivated, articulate and detail-oriented Programs Manager who serves as a member of the Foundation’s events team while focusing on one of its most popular programs – water tours.

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See Water Storage, Pumps and Other Key California Infrastructure on Bay-Delta Tour May 16-18
Tour stops at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County to learn about expansion efforts

Go deep into California’s water hub on our Bay-Delta Tour May 16-18, and see water conveyance, pumps and storage systems, including components of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project.

Among the stops is a reservoir expansion project recently deemed eligible by the California Water Commission for sought-after state bond funds.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir, managed by the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), was declared eligible last week to receive Prop. 1 bond funds to expand capacity from 160,000 acre-feet to 275,000 acre-feet.

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Explore the Sierra’s Upper Watershed this Summer on Our Headwaters Tour
Two-day tour examines the role of upper watersheds in water supply and quality; overnights at Lake Tahoe

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

Join us as we head into the Sierra foothills and up to the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California.

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Latest Western Water Examines How California Strives to Protect Water Amid a ‘Green Rush’ of Legal Cannabis

For decades, cannabis has been grown in California – hidden away in forested groves or surreptitiously harvested under the glare of high-intensity indoor lamps in suburban tract homes.

In the past 20 years, however, cannabis – known more widely as marijuana – has been moving from being a criminal activity to gaining legitimacy as one of the hundreds of cash crops in the state’s $46 billion-dollar agriculture industry, first legalized for medicinal purposes and this year for recreational use.

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Bay-Delta Tour Is A Don’t-Miss Opportunity to Explore California’s Vital Water Hub May 16 – 18
Hear diverse views and go behind the scenes on our popular tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay

Experts will present at scenic and historic locations throughout the Bay- Delta estuary system.The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system. It’s also a rich farming area, an important wetlands – and an ecologically troubled region. 

On our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. The controversial tunnels project, which would carry water beneath the Delta, got a boost last week when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost.

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Learn How New Data Can Strengthen Drought Preparedness at April 19 Workshop in San Pedro
Event to feature new research on tree rings and sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting; a few tickets still left

Lake Cachuma in droughtThis winter’s wild swings in weather – an early lack of rain, then late-season Sierra snowstorms, followed by a torrent of subtropical moisture – shows the need in California for long-range tools to better manage water supply.

At a Paleo Drought Workshop in San Pedro on April 19, six experts will discuss research on centuries-long precipitation and streamflow records, new forecasting tools and planning strategies to help reduce Southern California’s vulnerability to drought. 

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Explore California’s Vital Water Hub on Our Popular Bay-Delta Tour
Early bird price for the May 16-18 tour ends Monday

A lecture at a stop on the Water Education Foundation's Bay-Delta Tour.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.

Our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, will allow participants to hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. (The controversial tunnels project got a boost this week when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost).

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Water Education Foundation’s 35th Annual Water Summit Set for Sept. 20
Mark your calendar and grab a coveted sponsorship spot for the Water Summit

Formerly known as the Executive Briefing, this year’s Water Summit will feature 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 Foundation’s premiere event of the year, and will be held at the Westin Riverside in Sacramento. Look for more details and speaker announcements coming soon!

In the meantime, secure a sponsorship opportunity and gain publicity for your organization by sponsoring lunch or the evening reception along the beautiful Sacramento River.

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Latest Western Water Examines Two Multibillion-Dollar Water-Related Bonds Heading to 2018 Ballots
Bond measures would set aside money for vexing water issues, but no money for new surface storage

California voters may do a double-take this year when they step in the voting booth. Two separate water-related bonds are headed to the polls – one in June, another in November.

Western Water writer Gary Pitzer sifts through the two bond measures, totaling $13 billion, to explain what they would fund, who’s behind them and how they came together.

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Learn What New Tree-Ring Studies Reveal about Drought Patterns in Southern California
Also hear about efforts to improve weather forecasting, drought preparedness at April 19th workshop in San Pedro

University of Arizona research professor removes tree core sample from bigcone Douglas fir tree.Learn what new tree-ring studies in Southern California watersheds reveal about drought, hear about efforts to improve subseasonal to seasonal weather forecasting and get the latest on climate change impacts that will alter drought vulnerability in the future.

At our Paleo Drought Workshop on April 19th in San Pedro, you will hear from experts at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Arizona and California Department of Water Resources.

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Learn About Efforts to Improve Weather Forecasting at San Pedro Drought Workshop
Agenda for April 19 event just posted; check out other topics, speakers

Dramatic swings in weather patterns over the past few years in California are stark reminders of climate variability and regional vulnerability. Alternating years of drought and intense rain events make long-term planning for storing and distributing water a challenging task.

Current weather forecasting capabilities provide details for short time horizons. Attend the Paleo Drought Workshop in San Pedro on April 19 to learn more about research efforts to improve sub-seasonal to seasonal precipitation forecasting, known as S2S, and how those models could provide more useful weather scenarios for resource managers.

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Enjoy Water History, Cultural Treats and Locales During Lower Colorado River Tour
Three-day tour of the ‘lifeblood of the Southwest’ starts April 11

Enjoy a guided boat cruise through Copper Basin on our Lower Colorado River Tour.On our upcoming Lower Colorado River Tour, you will not only meet water experts across the Southwest and tour key infrastructure such as Hoover Dam, but also enjoy recreational and cultural attractions.

Have you ever tasted a date shake? This treat is exclusive to California’s southeast corner, where the Coachella Valley is known as the nation’s largest date-growing region. You’ll have the chance to enjoy one as we make a pit stop at a farm store.

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Latest Western Water Talks Salton Sea, Clean Water With New State Board Member; Explores the Historic Delta

State Water Resources Control Board member Joaquin EsquivelOne year into the job, State Water Resources Control Board member Joaquin Esquivel has been struck by the complexity of the board’s work and how difficult it is to set statewide policy that accounts for the geographic and stakeholder diversity of California. 

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