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San Joaquin Valley’s Water Issues and Challenges Explored on Central Valley Tour March 14-16
Tour participants visit dams, water projects, farms, wildlife areas and more on educational trek through valley

Guests talk with farmer Joe Del Bosque on Central Valley TourWeave through the nation’s breadbasket and get a better understanding of water issues and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour March 14-16

Sign-ups are now underway for the tour, the first of the Foundation’s six general tours for 2018

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Annual Tour of Bay-Delta Region, Key to California Water, Set For May 16-18
Early-bird prices good through April 16 for tour of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay

Join us this spring on our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, as we start out exploring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that provides a funnel for drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 3 million acres of farmland.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California water agency gets scolded: Speed up spending billions on new reservoirs

Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle, pulling a child’s red wagon, arrived at a meeting of the California Water Commission with a stack of petitions with 4,000 signatures supporting the two largest reservoir projects seeking bond money: Sites Reservoir north of Sacramento and Temperance Flat in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta tunnels hearing lunges forward

State officials declined again Wednesday to delay a hearing that could lead to the issuance of a critical permit to build the governor’s $17 billion Delta tunnels. … A delay at this point, officials with the State Water Resources Control Board wrote, “would be both premature and needlessly disruptive.”

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San Joaquin Valley’s water issues and challenges explored on Central Valley Tour March 14-16

Weave through the nation’s breadbasket and get a better understanding of water issues and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour March 14-16.  Sign-ups are now underway for the tour, the first of the Foundation’s six general tours for 2018.  The Central Valley Tour visits farms and major infrastructure, such as Friant Dam near Fresno and San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s largest off-stream reservoir and a key water facility serving both the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin Valley water users, cut off during drought, win a round in court

Thousands of water-right holders who were told to cease diversions during the last drought were deprived of due process, a judge found Wednesday, raising questions about how the state will handle future shortages. … At the center of the legal dispute was the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District near Tracy.

Online Water Encyclopedia

Project WET Event

Merced County
'Project WET for the Next Generation’ Workshop

Location: UC Merced Downtown Campus Center, Merced

Sponsored By: UC Merced Extension, Merced County Office of Education, Merced Environmental Literacy Collective and Water Education Foundation

Special Note: $50 includes all materials, light breakfast & lunch. Participants can apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension for an additional $40.

Register: Please click here to register or contact Rosanna Ayers at Merced County Office of Education for more information.  

Wetlands
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Wetlands

Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world. They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of water, reduce flooding and erosion, recharge groundwater and provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities from fishing and hunting to photography. They also serve as critical habitat for wildlife, including a large percentage of plants and animals on California’s endangered species list.

Salton Sea
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Salton Sea

As part of the historic Colorado River Delta, the Salton Sea regularly filled and dried for thousands of years due to its elevation of 232 feet below sea level.

The most recent version of the Salton Sea was formed in 1905 when the Colorado River broke through a series of dikes and flooded the seabed for two years, creating one of the world’s largest inland seas. The Salton Sea, which is saltier than the Pacific Ocean, includes 130 miles of shoreline and is larger than Lake Tahoe

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 any other regions of the country.

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