“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the impact on your lives,” Bill Croyle told a crowd of more than 250 people at the Butte County Fairgrounds. Croyle, the acting director of the Department of Water Resources, answered questions and listened Thursday evening as people stepped up to a microphone and were heard during the first of the water agency’s community meetings about the Oroville Dam spillway disaster and evacuations.
The Sacramento Kings emcee Scott Freshour, Kings mascot Slamson and the team’s dancers hosted rallies at Golden Hills Elementary School, Nelson Avenue Middle School and the county fairgrounds in Gridley to celebrate Butte County students’ “strength and resilience” during the Oroville Dam emergency evacuation in February.
Mapping water use, engaging under-represented communities and showcasing integrated water projects will be on tap for the upcoming Santa Ana River Watershed Conference, which will be held on May 25 in Ontario, Calif. Working together to make a finite resource infinite will be the focus of the one-day event, convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation. Up to 300 attendees from across the watershed and California are expected to attend the event at the Ontario Convention Center.
The Big Day of Giving, or BDOG, is the annual online giving challenge, first launched in 2014 in the Sacramento region.The Water Education Foundation, based in midtown Sacramento, will be participating in BDOG for the first time on Thursday, May 4! Last year’s Big Day of Giving celebration raised $7 million for nonprofit organizations in the greater Sacramento area and highlighted the good work happening here in our community! Help us meet our fundraising goal of $20,000 during the BDOG online campaign!
A limited number of scholarships are available for low-income community members and nonprofits that serve low-income or under-represented communities within the Santa Ana River watershed to attend and/or exhibit at the 2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference on May 25 in Ontario. Themed, 21st Century Water Strategy: Working Together to Make a Finite Resource Infinite, the conference is expected to draw 300 attendees from across the watershed and California.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host a moderated conference call for media on Monday, April 24 to provide an update regarding the independent Board of Consultants’ work on the repair and reconstruction of the damaged spillways at Lake Oroville.
Join us this summer on our Bay-Delta Tour 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.
To start, a quick quiz: 1. Which labor group helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they, more than we, will wreak the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.”
Mostly clear, sunny skies are in store for the weekend jammed pack with Earth Day volunteer and educational events throughout the county. Temperatures are expected to be mild in the mid to high 60s inland with a coastal breeze out in West Marin, according to the National Weather Service.
People all over the world will celebrate Earth Day — a day that serves to bring awareness to issues that are detrimental to the planet and provide opportunities for environmental stewardship — Saturday, April 22. One week later on April 29, Tahoe’s South Shore will celebrate with the South Tahoe Earth Day Festival at Bijou Community Park.
There are still sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference with a wide array of benefits, including tabletop space, complimentary registration tickets, and publicity & promotional opportunities. The event, to be held May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario, features a stellar line-up of regional, state and federal representatives who will discuss pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting seven public meetings in multiple locations to update communities in the region about the ongoing Oroville spillway recovery effort. The meetings will be opportunities for members of the public to hear from DWR leadership and experts about the status of the Oroville spillway and to ask questions and provide comments about the recovery process. The meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content.
Humboldt County’s very own earthquake and tsunami expert Lori Dengler weighed in on the ever present chance of natural disasters in what she considers to be the most seismically active region in the contiguous 48 states.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
The drought is on and so is the California State Fair. This year, the Save Our Water campaign is doubling down its messaging on conservation by hosting two exhibits at the fair – one on indoor water conservation and the other on outdoor conservation.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015.