Western Water Encyclopedia

The Foundation


About Us

The mission of the Water Education Foundation, an impartial, nonprofit organization, is to create a better understanding of water resources and foster public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach.

Read more


Support the Foundation

The Water Education Foundation is the only impartial organization educating people about water issues in California and the Southwest.

Read more


Foundation News

News, press releases, event announcements and more about what the Water Education Foundation is up to. Sign up here to get announcements sent to your inbox.

Read more


Colorado River Project

Established in 1997, the Foundation’s Colorado River Project is dedicated to educating people about challenges facing the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and assisting the many stakeholders in the two basins in reaching common ground. Primary financial support for the project is provided through a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper and Lower Colorado Regions along with contributions from agencies, companies and individuals.

Read more


Contact Us

We are located in midtown Sacramento at 1401 21st Street, Suite 200, Sacramento CA 95811

We can be reached by filling out the form below or calling us at 916-444-6240, or faxing us at 916-448-7699

Read more

Keep informed of our upcoming events/tours

Sign up here for Foundation news delivered to your inbox!

See all upcoming events on the Foundation calendar

The Places

Learn about the places in the West water made possible

From Where Did Water Fountains Originate?

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V headed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of age-old documents from their original Greek into Latin. Beautifying Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his objectives. In 1453 the Pope instigated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a tradition which was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space formerly filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by the Pope. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.