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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 Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Farmers hear more about water cuts

Hundreds of Delta farmers packed a rural meeting room Thursday to discuss a plan where they could pledge to take 25 percent less water from area waterways in exchange for assurances of no further limit on diversions this year.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Your contribution to the California drought (interactive graphic)

California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent of all the water consumed in the state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

No Klamath water left to combat salmon-killing parasite

A deadly parasite is thriving in the drought, infecting all the juvenile chinook salmon in the Klamath River in Northern California as they prepare to migrate to the ocean.

Online Water Encyclopedia

Drought
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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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