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Border Water Infrastructure Conference
Conferencia de Infraestructura Fronteriza para el Agua

Two nations, one border, two international rivers – the Colorado and the Rio Grande – offer the prospect of cooperative bi-national approaches to solving water infrastructure needs. Increasing population growth, drought and climate change will place greater stress on bi-national water resources. In the Colorado River system, new bi-national discussions are expected to identify cooperative opportunities for infrastructure projects to help mitigate future shortages. Meanwhile, the Rio Grande system is facing a backlog of rehabilitation work on existing international infrastructure together with desires for new project to help manage water more efficiently.

Dos naciones, una frontera, dos ríos internacionales – el Colorado y el Río Bravo – ofrecen el prospecto de abordajes de cooperación binacional para resolver las necesidades de infraestructura para el agua. El aumento en el crecimiento de la población, la sequía y el cambio climático ejercerán mayor presión en los recursos hídricos binacionales. Se espera que en las discusiónes nuevas acerca del sistema del Río Colorado se puedan identificar oportunidades de cooperación para proyectos de infraestructura que ayuden a mitigar el estiaje futuro. Asimismo, el sistema del Río Bravo está enfrentando un rezago en los trabajos de reabilitación de la infraestructura internacional existente, al tiempo que hay deseos para implementar nuevos proyectos que ayuden a administrar más eficientemente el agua.

Opportunities for cooperatively building and financing such improvements and other potential projects in the 10 states that share the border will be the focus of a May-28-29 Border Water Infrastructure Conference sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources.

This bilingual conference will feature simultaneous Spanish-English translation.

Esta conferencia bilingüe contará con traducción simultánea inglés – español.

The conference will be held at the Mission Valley Hilton in San Diego; 901 Camino del Rio South, 619-543-9000

Check-in Wednesday, May 28 will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. to a hosted reception. The program will continue Thursday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

El miércoles, 28 de mayo, el registro para conferencia comenzará a las 8:30 a.m. El programa dará inicio a las 9:30 a.m. y terminaremos a las 5 p.m. para pasar a la recepción. El programa continuará el jueves, 29 de mayo, de 8:30 a.m. a las 12 p.m.

Registration for this event is $200.

La cuota de inscripción para este evento de dos días es de $200 USD.

To learn more

To see the draft agenda

Click here to access our secure registration form in English

Click here to access our secure registration form in Spanish

Small Water Systems Conference Drought Assessment Conference

A special one-day summit, “Small Water Supply Systems: Assessment of Drought Preparedness,” was held Nov. 1 in Sacramento.  It was designed to bring together rural counties and organizations to raise awareness of special problems faced by small systems in a drought.
The summit was sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources. It was cosponsored by the California Department of Public Health, California Rural Water Association and Regional Council of Rural Counties.
Workshop topics included:

  • Overview of Small System Operations
  • Special Problems of Foothill and Small Coastal Systems Using Wells
  • Grants and Other Resources Available
  • Unmet Needs
  • Developing Strategies to Help Small Systems be Better Prepared for Drought

PowerPoint presentations by various speakers at the event are available below in PDF format.

Executive Briefing

Held each Spring in Sacramento, the Foundation's annual Executive Briefing features speakers from stakeholder groups, the Legislature and governmental agencies that play important roles in making policy decisions about water. Representatives from the urban, business, farming, environmental and public interest sectors discuss and debate their viewpoints on current water issues at this day-and-a-half briefing.

Panel presentations on such topics as the Hetch Hetchy restoration debate, water marketing, the Bay-Delta, CALFED, the Colorado River, flood management, perchlorate, drinking water, groundwater, water and growth, the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, water quality and more allow participants to hear the latest on current issues.

Top policy-makers and keynote speakers from past briefings include state Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, Cal-EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen, SWRCB Executive Director Celeste Cantú, USGS California Water Science Center Mike Shulters, DWR Director Lester Snow, USBR Regional Directors Kirk Rodgers and Bob Johnson, State Sen. Mike Machado, former Assistant Interior Secretary Bennett Raley and former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

The annual briefing also includes a "silent auction" hosted by the Water Leaders Association, the alumni from the Foundation's popular Water Leaders Class. Proceeds from the "sale" of donated items - everything from lunch with top policy-makers to paintings to water recreational activities - provides financial support for the William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Program.

To receive your invitation to the 2009 Executive Briefing, send us an email at feedback@watereducation.org, or call 916-444-6240

PowerPoint presentations by various speakers at the 2008 Executive Briefing are available below in PDF format

Climate Change: Water Adaptation Summit

A special one-day summit, Climate Change: Water Adaptation Summit, was held Oct. 3, 2007, in Santa Monica. The summit, sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources, addressed a host of issues related to adapting to future conditions such as water supply and quality, flood management and ecosystem sustainability in California. Topics included:

  • Coping with Climate Change Within California’s Water System
  • What to do When the Well Goes Dry
  • Bay-Delta Challenges: Salty Water and Slumping Levees
  • Agricultural Perspective on Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Integrated Regional Water Management Opportunities
  • Water, Water, Everywhere: The Flood Management Challenge
  • Local Land Use Planning Opportunities
  • Call to Action on Water and Climate Change

PowerPoint speaker presentations from the event are available below in PDF format

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