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Last year’s winter rains left the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs at above-average levels. But groundwater depletion and the resulting ground subsidence continue to beset farmers and water managers. What does this year hold? And will there be enough water to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the environment?
Your best chance to understand the challenges and opportunities of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket is to join us on our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16.
Three new members have joined the Water Education Foundation’s 33-member Board of Directors for 2018. They are Dana “Bart” Fisher Jr., a farmer in the Palo Verde Valley, Yung-Hsin Sun of Stantec, and Richard Aragon with Rancho California Water District.
Happy New Year to all the friends and supporters of the Water Education Foundation!
As we turn the page on 2017 and the year that the Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary, we are looking ahead to exciting changes for 2018.
To start, our popular Water 101 Workshop in February will for the first time include an optional field trip. This year, we will be delving into the Delta for a one-day tour to give participants a close-up view of one of the most pressing and controversial places in water.
Our flagship publication, Western Water magazine, will soon become a completely online news resource free for anyone to get up to speed on the critical water issues facing California and the West. Pulled together by veteran journalists at the Foundation, Western Water has been the trusted source for coverage of the policy, science and legal issues surrounding water since 1977. You can sign up here to get notified via email of our latest articles. If you already get our digital magazine you will automatically be signed up.
Our tours are legendary for being packed with educational experiences you will not find anywhere else, networking opportunities with water professionals and fun adventures through the American Southwest.
Drought and climate change are having a noticeable impact on the Colorado River Basin, and that is posing potential challenges to those in the Southwestern United States and Mexico who rely on the river.
In the just-released Winter 2017-18 edition of River Report, writer Gary Pitzer examines what scientists project will be the impact of climate change on the Colorado River Basin, and how water managers are preparing for a future of increasing scarcity.
The Water Education Foundation has hired veteran journalist Douglas E. Beeman as its news & publications director as it prepares to move more of its journalism online, announced Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive director.
Starting in 2018, the Foundation’s premiere water resources magazine, Western Water, will join the world of online media where it will increase the pace of its coverage and expand its reach via social media. Western Water currently is a quarterly print magazine.
The 2017 Water Leaders class organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for the future of water storage in California.
The class of 20 from various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from cities and towns across the state had full editorial control to chose recommendations. While they did not endorse a specific storage proposal, they recommended that California:
You still have a few days left to score a holiday water bargain: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Regularly priced at $20 for the map and $15 for the guide, this bundle allows you to purchase both of these high-quality products for $25. Please note they ship separately.
Deepen your knowledge of California water issues at our popular Water 101 Workshop and jump aboard the bus the next day to visit 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.
Here’s a special holiday gift offer for the water wonk in your life: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water.
The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Order here by Dec. 18 to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.
There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim climate change forecast.
People who have dealt with river management issues for decades are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably sharing a vital resource.
Water is one of California’s most important resources. And since 1977 the Water Education Foundation has been helping policymakers, teachers, journalists and the public gain a better understanding of water in California – and the challenges the state confronts as people weigh how water should be used, especially in times of scarcity.
Fun, friendship, invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, informative tours, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water. These are some of the things past Water Leaders say they have gained from our yearlong program for early or mid-career professionals.
Registration is now open for one of our most popular events – Water 101, which for the first time will include an optional daylong tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to give participants a close-up look at the hub of California’s water system.
Water 101, to to be held Feb. 22 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.
The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and stretches into Mexico.
Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.
Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. Tickets are now on sale.
In addition to our five annual tours below, we will be offering a two-day Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offered this tour in 2017 to great success and have received requests to conduct it again.
The only thing predictable about California’s climate is its unpredictability and variability.
Large parts of the state feature a Mediterranean climate with wet winters and long, dry summers. The presence or absence of just a few large storms in California can make the difference between an above-average water year and a drought. Climate change threatens California through more extreme events – hotter, longer droughts and severe storms that strain the existing flood management system.
Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor.
Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic. The project is turned into a report with policy recommendations that is presented to the Water Education Foundation’s Board of Directors toward the end of the year.