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The Water Education Foundation is your impartial resource on water issues in California and the Southwest.

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Flooding and Flood Management - Water Education Foundation 02/13/2024

More big downpours are expected to follow the record rainfall that drenched Southern California last week and tested the limits of the region's network of stormwater channels, bypasses and dams. For background, we're making Floods and Flood Management our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our encyclopedia ⬇⬇

Flooding and Flood Management - Water Education Foundation When people think of natural disasters in California, they typically think about earthquakes. Yet the natural disaster that ...

02/08/2024

We are grateful to have Brian on our team!

We have another for you this week🎉 Project WET Coordinator, Brian Brown, is an absolute powerhouse for our organization! His impact can be found in every corner of California through his work at the Water Education Foundation. Here's his blurb about his time with PW!

I joined the Water Education Foundation to help co-lead and then lead the California Project WET program. It was a hard transition to an office job after 20 years of learning and working with students outdoors in the mountains, forests and along streams in northern California. But, working with Project WET staff and all of the other Coordinators across the country has been one of the highlights of my life, as has meeting so many amazing educators from all over California. The solid science embedded in interdisciplinary activities designed to engage students of all ages in exploring so many aspects of water phenomena is the magic that has made all of this possible. Though I do still miss life on the trails with kids, I also couldn’t image the past 20 years - and especially the ‘Covid years’ - without my wonderfully creative and fun counterparts across the country or the longer-term relationships with the California educators who return often to workshops.

Oroville Dam - Water Education Foundation 02/06/2024

To make room for the onslaught of atmospheric river runoff, managers are sharply increasing releases at Oroville Dam on the Feather River and elsewhere. For background, we’re making Oroville Dam our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia ⬇ ⬇

Oroville Dam - Water Education Foundation Oroville Dam is the tallest in the United States and impounds the largest reservoir in California’s State Water Project, ...

Wetlands - Water Education Foundation 01/30/2024

World Wetlands Day, Feb. 2, highlights the multiple benefits of floodplains, marshes & meadows that filter water pollutants, prevent erosion & support biodiversity. For background, we're making Wetlands our Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia

Wetlands - Water Education Foundation Wetlands are among the world's most important and hardest-working ecosystems, rivaling rainforests and coral reefs in ...

Groundwater - Water Education Foundation 01/23/2024

Our 2024 California Water Leaders cohort is developing policy recommendations to better manage aquifers & help get the state-required Sustainable Groundwater Management Act plans to the finish line. For more on this critical natural resource, we’re making 'Groundwater' our Word of the Week. ⬇️⬇️

Groundwater - Water Education Foundation If California were flat, the volume of its groundwater would be enough to flood the entire state 8 feet deep. The enormous ...

Microplastics - Water Education Foundation 01/17/2024

The recent news on bottled water containing lots of invisible plastic bits may be a bit hard to swallow. For background on this ubiquitous water pollutant, we’re making "Microplastics" our Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia

Microplastics - Water Education Foundation Microplastics – plastic debris measuring less than 5 millimeters – are an increasing water quality concern. Entering the ...

Acre-Foot - Water Education Foundation 01/09/2024

When officials checked the Sierra snowpack at a survey site near Lake Tahoe last week, they said it measured 7.5 inches. But downhill, where reservoirs collect the runoff, communications on water supply switches from inches to acre-feet. For background, we’re making Acre-Foot our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia. ⬇⬇️

Acre-Foot - Water Education Foundation An acre-foot is a common way in the U.S. to measure water volume and use. It is the amount of water it takes to cover an ...

Eel River - Water Education Foundation 01/04/2024

Pacific Gas & Electric recently released plans to remove two Eel River hydroelectric dams. If approved, the Eel would become the longest free-flowing river in California. For background, we're making Eel River our Word of the Week at Aquapedia.

Eel River - Water Education Foundation The Eel River supports one of California’s largest wild salmon and steelhead runs in a watershed that hosts the world's ...

Interactive: Exploring the Heart of California Water - Water Education Foundation 12/19/2023

Gov. Newsom recently advanced a controversial plan to build a 45-mile water tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. To give you a glimpse into the region's history, landscape and role as California's water supply hub, we're making our “Delta story map” the Water Word of the Week.

Interactive: Exploring the Heart of California Water - Water Education Foundation A guide to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Colorado River Shortages Drive Major Advances in Recycled Sewage Water Use - Water Education Foundation 12/18/2023

In the latest Western Water news, our journalism team's Nick Cahill highlights how the Southwest's largest cities are aiming to stretch their Colorado River supply with purified sewage. On Dec. 19, California state regulators are expected to adopt rules allowing cities for the first time to pipe highly treated wastewater directly into drinking water supplies.

Colorado River Shortages Drive Major Advances in Recycled Sewage Water Use - Water Education Foundation WESTERN WATER NOTEBOOK: Phoenix, Southern California betting on purified sewage to fill drinking water needs

Central Valley Project Improvement Act - Water Education Foundation 11/28/2023

The House recently passed a bill, H.R. 4394, that would undo salmon protections in running California's federal water supply system. For background, we’re making the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act our Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia ⬇️⬇️

Central Valley Project Improvement Act - Water Education Foundation The Central Valley Project Improvement Act supports a major federal effort to store and transport water in California’s ...

Salton Sea - Water Education Foundation 11/21/2023

The largest Salton Sea restoration project yet is nearly done with 4,100 acres of wetlands for wildlife and suppression of toxic dust from the receding shoreline. So, we’re making the "Salton Sea" our Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia ⬇ ⬇

Salton Sea - Water Education Foundation As part of the historic Colorado River Delta, the Salton Sea regularly filled and dried for thousands of years due to its ...

Sites Reservoir - Water Education Foundation 11/14/2023

Gov. Newsom is fast-tracking Sites Reservoir, shortening the environmental review process for the long-proposed off-stream storage basin ~80 miles NW of Sacramento. So, we’re making "Sites Reservoir" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our encyclopedia🔽🔽

Sites Reservoir - Water Education Foundation The proposed Sites Reservoir would be an off-river storage basin on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, about 78 miles ...

Oroville Dam - Water Education Foundation 10/17/2023

To kick off our Northern California Tour this Wednesday through Friday, we're making "Oroville Dam" our Water Word of the Week. Follow our trip and learn more about the giant Feather River impoundment and its value to 's supply and flood control at Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia ⬇⬇

Oroville Dam - Water Education Foundation Oroville Dam is the tallest in the United States and impounds the largest reservoir in California’s State Water Project, ...

Disadvantaged Communities - Water Education Foundation 10/10/2023

~1M Californians are without a safe and affordable water supply. A newly proposed 5-year California Water Plan that aims to remedy the inequity is open to public comment through Oct. 19, so we’re making "Disadvantaged Communities" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia ⬇ ⬇

Disadvantaged Communities - Water Education Foundation Disadvantaged communities are those carrying the greatest economic, health and environmental burdens. They include poverty, ...

Photos from Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe's post 10/03/2023

We were thrilled to have our California Project Wet program partner with the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe and the California Department of Water Resources' climate team on Sept. 30 to help teachers engage students in learning about the effects of climate change on California's north coast.

10/03/2023

Deadline to sign up for this Oct. 14 teacher workshop along the American River is this Friday - Oct. 6. Details below.

Are you a K-12 teacher looking for fun, hands-on professional development? Join us and the Water Education Foundation at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, CA on October 14 for a Project WET workshop focused on exploring flood risk, flood preparedness, and the benefits of floodplain restoration in the Sacramento region. The workshop includes an overview of the Central Valley Flood Protection system from DWR flood science experts; a visit to the Ancil Hoffman Habitat Restoration Project; an overview of California’s annual Flood Awareness Week; activities to help engage students, and more.

Registration is $20 and includes a light breakfast and lunch, and a $100 stipend following completion of the training. Don’t forget to tag a teacher in the comments and register by October 6 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flood-preparedness-and-california-water-tickets-673842459937?aff=oddtdtcreator.

California Water Plan - Water Education Foundation 10/03/2023

California has released a new 5-year plan for public comment through Oct. 19, so we’re making "California Water Plan" our Water Word of the Week. The roadmap emphasizes water equity, water for Native American tribes & climate resiliency, particularly shortcomings in the state's water supply infrastructure with the changing hydrology. Learn more at Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia ↓↓

California Water Plan - Water Education Foundation Every five years the California Department of Water Resources updates its strategic plan for managing the state's water ...

Water Rights in California - Water Education Foundation 09/26/2023

As climate change brings more severe droughts, experts are pushing for water rights reforms, including one now on Gov. Newsom's desk. For context, we're making "Water Rights in California" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more by visiting Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia.

Water Rights in California - Water Education Foundation California’s growth has closely paralleled an evolving and complex system of water rights. After California became a ...

Water Conservation - Water Education Foundation 09/19/2023

California is getting more serious about cities using less water. It may soon outlaw the use of drinking water to irrigate purely decorative turf in many areas -- and state water regulators recently proposed rules to further cut urban water use. So we’re making "water conservation" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia. ⬇ ⬇

Water Conservation - Water Education Foundation Water conservation has become a way of life throughout the West with a growing recognition that the supply of water is not ...

Los Angeles Aqueduct and Owens Valley - Water Education Foundation 09/12/2023

To kick off our Eastern Sierra Tour this week, we’re making Los Angeles Aqueduct and Owens Valley our Water Word of the Week. Learn more about the 233-mile channel that helped make LA a megalopolis but also drained Owens Valley nearly dry. Visit Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia.🔽🔽

Los Angeles Aqueduct and Owens Valley - Water Education Foundation The Owens Valley in eastern California helped transform distant Los Angeles into today’s sprawling megalopolis. More than ...

Suisun Marsh - Water Education Foundation 09/06/2023

With California Biodiversity Day on Thursday, we’re making "Suisun Marsh" our Water Word of the Week. The vast tidal wetland within the San Francisco Bay Estuary hosts a wealth of wildlife, from tule elk to tule perch. Learn more at Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia:

Suisun Marsh - Water Education Foundation The 116,000-acre Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water wetland in western North America, providing food and ...

Hydroelectric Power - Water Education Foundation 08/29/2023

Hydroelectricity helped California power through sweaty August without blackouts - thanks to the big water year - so we’re making "Hydroelectric Power" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our encyclopedia. ⬇⬇

Hydroelectric Power - Water Education Foundation Hydroelectric power is a relatively pollution-free source of electricity generated at a comparatively low cost. Its ability ...

08/25/2023

Registration is now open for the Foundation’s premier event of the year! Join us in downtown Sacramento on Oct. 25 for our annual Water Summit, focused on the theme, "Taking on the Improbable in Western Water." This one-day event includes an evening reception for networking with speakers and fellow attendees from a variety of backgrounds. Register and learn more here: https://www.watereducation.org/foundation-event/water-summit-2023

Recycled Water - Water Education Foundation 08/22/2023

California water regulators recently proposed rules allowing direct potable reuse of highly treated sewage. This could make for interesting water cooler talk, so we're making "Recycled Water" our Water Word of the Week. Learn more at Aquapedia, our encyclopedia ⬇ ⬇

Recycled Water - Water Education Foundation All water is naturally recycled and reused as part of the hydrologic cycle. Recycled water is also produced by purifying ...

Lake Tahoe - Water Education Foundation 08/15/2023

What better time to make "Lake Tahoe" our Water Word of the Week than in August, the most popular month for visiting the sapphire of the Sierra. Learn more at Aquapedia, our encyclopedia ⬇ ⬇

Lake Tahoe - Water Education Foundation Lake Tahoe is one of the world's most beautiful yet vulnerable lakes in the world. Renowned for its remarkable clarity, ...

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