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All About the Delta

From recent news articles to publications, maps and tours, Water Education Foundation has everything you need, including the award-winning Layperson’s Guide to the Delta.

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Water Field Trips

The Water Education Foundation’s tours offer participants a first-hand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought angst shrivels Californians’ views of state

A new poll shows Californians’ perceptions of the state have soured in recent months as Gov. Jerry Brown and others imposed new conservation mandates.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southland water importer OKs $350-million boost in lawn-removal rebates

Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California’s worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. … But Californians may find Australia’s medicine tough to swallow.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

County can make manufacturers pay for discarded drugs

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the pharmaceutical industry Tuesday to an Alameda County law, the first of its kind in the nation, requiring drug manufacturers to pay the costs of disposing of consumers’ unused medications.

Online Water Encyclopedia

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Drought

Drought— an extended period of limited or no precipitation— is a fact of life in California and the West, with water resources following boom and-bust patterns.

No portion of the West has been immune to drought during the last century and drought occurs with much greater frequency in the West than in other regions of the country.

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Delta Smelt

The endangered Delta smelt is a 3-inch fish found only in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is considered especially sensitive because it lives just one year, has a limited diet and exists primarily in brackish (highly salty) fresh water.

Along with other fish, smelt populations declined because of a combination of entrainment in pumping facilities, poor water quality, limited food supply, lack of habitat and nonnative species that compete for food.

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Important People in California Water History

Read about the history people who played a significant role in the water history of California.

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Delta Plan

The Delta Plan is a comprehensive management plan for the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta intended to help the state meet the coequal goals of water reliability and ecosystem restoration.

The Delta Stewardship Council, which oversees the Delta Plan, adopted a final version in May 2013 after three years of study and public meetings. Once completed, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan could be incorporated into the Delta Plan.

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