Topic: Wetlands

Overview

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 and recharge groundwater. They also serve as critical habitat for wildlife, including a large percentage of plants and animals on California’s endangered species list.

As the state has grown into one of the world’s leading economies, Californians have developed and transformed the state’s marshes, swamps and tidal flats, losing as much as 90 percent of the original wetlands acreage—a greater percentage of loss than any other state in the nation.

While the conversion of wetlands has slowed, the loss in California is significant and it affects a range of factors from water quality to quality of life.

Wetlands still remain in every part of the state, with the greatest concentration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its watershed, which includes the Central Valley. The Delta wetlands are especially important because they are part of the vast complex of waterways that provide two-thirds of California’s drinking water.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Vernal ponds in Fort Ord full and teeming with life

Machine Gun Flats Lake sits placidly in a natural depression on what was once an Army training area. It is one of about 45 vernal pools on Bureau of Land Management land on Fort Ord, teeming with life after an exceptionally wet rainy season, and a welcome sight after years of drought.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California has a new $383 million plan for the shrinking Salton Sea

After years of delays, California’s plans for the shrinking Salton Sea are finally starting to take shape. A $383 million plan released by the state’s Natural Resources Agency on Thursday lays out a schedule for building thousands of acres of ponds and wetlands that will cover up stretches of dusty lakebed and create habitat for birds as the lake recedes.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Will San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration be a casualty of EPA cuts?

The Trump administration could eliminate all federal funding for wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay, according to a budget plan that has shocked local and state officials, but is just one piece of broad changes to federal environmental programs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

As drought fades, California’s vast ‘inland sea’ roars back to life

Most of the time, motorists driving on Interstate 80 between Davis and here [Sacramento] look out on vast tracts of farms and wetlands. But over the last two weeks, something remarkable has happened in what is known as the Yolo Bypass.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Unions given preference for jobs on $500 million Bay Area wetlands tax

In a move that critics say could increase costs and delay projects, a low-profile government agency responsible for handing out $500 million to restore San Francisco Bay’s wetlands and improve flood control has ruled that most of the construction contracts must be awarded to union workers.

Western Water Excerpt Gary Pitzer Jennifer Bowles

Two Countries, One River: Crafting a New Agreement
Fall 2016

As vital as the Colorado River is to the United States and Mexico, so is the ongoing process by which the two countries develop unique agreements to better manage the river and balance future competing needs.

The prospect is challenging. The river is over allocated as urban areas and farmers seek to stretch every drop of their respective supplies. Since a historic treaty between the two countries was signed in 1944, the United States and Mexico have periodically added a series of arrangements to the treaty called minutes that aim to strengthen the binational ties while addressing important water supply, water quality and environmental concerns.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Fairfax-based wetlands program marks 20 years, with rising sea on horizon

The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture — celebrating its 20th anniversary this year — has helped coordinate and complete more than 150 wetland habitat projects, conserving and restoring about 75,000 acres of habitat in and around the bay since 1996.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton port seeks grant for ditch project

Stockton port officials hope to turn a storm water ditch into a native plant wetland that will help clean the runoff before it reaches the San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay protection: Measure AA passes

Thousands of acres of land around the San Francisco Bay will be returned to wetlands after voters in the nine-county Bay Area approved a new $12-per-parcel tax that will raise millions of dollars for bay enhancement and habitat restoration.

Aquafornia news Downey Brand LLP

Legal Commentary: U.S. Supreme Court upholds Hawkes ruling that wetland ‘jurisdictional determinations’ are subject to judicial review

On May 31, the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., 578 U.S. ____ (2016) (Hawkes), unanimously upheld the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling on the ability to appeal an approved “jurisdictional determination” (JD) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps).

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay restoration: 9-county Measure AA passing

The Bay Area’s first-ever nine-county ballot measure — a 20-year parcel tax intended to raise $500 million for marsh restoration and improved public access along the bay’s shoreline — was leading comfortably early Wednesday, with its strongest support from the most populous counties.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: High court sides with property owners in wetlands case

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

EPA: Western wetlands in poor condition

A first-of-its-kind report card on the nation’s wetland habitats shows the western U.S. is not doing a good job at keeping these disappearing ecosystems in good condition.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Border fence impact on wetland mixed: Water quality remains top concern in Tijuana River Valley

As birds sing and lizards scuttle in the lush vegetation of the Tijuana River Valley, helicopters circle overhead, and Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles comb the area looking to stop illegal border-crossers.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Owner of kite-surfing island for Silicon Valley executives faces $4.6 million fine

A state water agency has proposed one of its largest fines ever — $4.6 million — against a Bay Area man for allegedly damaging an island by transforming it into a luxury sporting enclave for Silicon Valley executives.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta island owner may face largest fine ever by state water agency

A two-year Delta fight came to a head Tuesday as a state water agency proposed a $4.6 million fine — its largest ever — and cleanup order against a Pittsburg resident who owns a small island in the Suisun Marsh.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Restored wetlands in California may be source of greenhouse gases (with audio)

Tens of millions of dollars from California’s greenhouse gas reduction program are being used to restore wetlands. Scientists have long known that wetlands can store, or sequester, carbon dioxide.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta fight — State agencies, island owner battle over wetland status

On a tiny spit of land just north of Pittsburg, John Sweeney is fighting government bureaucrats to realize a dream. He says he’s saving wetlands; they say he’s destroying them.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

‘Dirt broker’ charged with dumping fill in protected bay waters

A 59-year-old South Bay man was charged with illegally dumping fill material, construction debris and other pollutants into the waters of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, officials said.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Federal government ups Salton Sea spending

The federal government plans to spend $3 million this year constructing a new wetland along the Alamo River in order to rehabilitate habitats and help clean up some of the polluted water flowing into the Salton Sea. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Auditors: EPA broke law in social media blitz on water rule

The Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in a social media campaign intended to generate public support for a controversial rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, congressional auditors said Monday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

EPA broke law with social media push for water rule, auditor finds

The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in “covert propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

High court to consider Army Corps’ decision on wetlands

The Supreme Court will consider the rights of businesses and landowners that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Restoring California meadows could help combat climate change and increase water supply (with audio)

This is Bean Meadow in Mariposa County in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The [Sierra Foothill] Conservancy has embarked on a project to return 39 acres back to what it once was, before people built roads and ditches and turned it into ranchland in the 19th century.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Supervisors say feds want to reach too far with water plan

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-0 to adopt a resolution supporting the repeal of the Final Rule defining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Ceremony near San Pablo Bay marks planned rebirth of wetlands

After 10 years of planning and three years of site preparation, it took less than a minute Sunday for workers to scrape a hole in a levee and begin the renewal of 1,000 acres of former North Bay marshlands.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Bay: Bird populations doubled since 2003 in vast salt pond restoration area

In a clear sign that the largest wetlands restoration project on the West Coast is already improving the health of San Francisco Bay, bird populations have doubled over the past 13 years on thousands acres of former industrial salt-evaporation ponds that ring the bay’s southern shoreline, scientists reported Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Appeals Court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Endangered species return to restored salt pond

Two endangered species have returned to a nearly lifeless former salt pond in the southern San Francisco Bay, the first proof that the ambitious 30-year South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is helping nature heal.

Aquafornia news Downey Brand LLP

Legal Commentary: ESWR Update — WOTUS rule blocked by federal judge in North Dakota

In the week that the new Waters of the United States Rule (“WOTUS Rule”) was scheduled to take effect on August 28, 2015, three Federal District Courts issued rulings reaching opposite conclusions on the question of whether District Courts have jurisdiction to hear these cases: one court ruled it has jurisdiction and took the additional step of issuing a preliminary injunction against the rule; two courts dismissed challenges for lack of jurisdiction.  Several other challenges remain pending in both Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Clean water rule frightens farmers

For better than a decade, farmers, environmentalists and the courts have tussled over what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Injunction against federal water rule may expand

A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA water rules take effect in some states

New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday – but only in some states.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

13 states ask judge to delay new federal water rule

Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked a federal judge on Monday to delay a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters. … The rule is a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Ranchers sue over rule giving Feds authority on state water

Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state have challenged a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

13 states sue over rule giving Feds authority on state water

Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Farm interests planning to push back on water rule they say goes too far

Efforts are underway in Congress to redo and sharply limit the impact of what was known initially as the “Waters of the United States” rule and was designed to help federal officials clarify and simplify which bodies of water fall under the control of the Clean Water Act, the pivotal 1972 environmental law.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

What the new clean water rule means for metro areas

In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized a long-debated clean water rule to limit pollution in a variety of streams, tributaries, and wetlands. … Not surprisingly, the new rule has triggered a national political firestorm …

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would force the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw and rewrite rules issued in May that clarify which of those smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to ‘rein in’ EPA

The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist Republicans.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized

New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands – and the drinking water of 117 million Americans – are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: White House finalizes clean water rule, setting up clash with Congress

The White House on Wednesday finalized a rule intended to strengthen and clarify the Clean Water Act, setting up a clash with Republicans in Congress and the agriculture industry.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

With new EPA water rule, Obama again takes executive action on environment

April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Farmers worry over reach of EPA water rules

Government rules to clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from development and pollution are fueling political anger in the country’s heartland.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

SMART and state in property disagreement after levee break

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are involved in a dispute over a failed levee that is flooding sensitive wetlands near the Mira Monte Marina.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Wetlands help protect coastal Marin communities from threats, report finds

Marshes that rest along bayside Marin could protect communities from storms, flooding, erosion and sea-level rise, according to a new NOAA study. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looked at different reports addressing how natural processes protect shorelines — which it turns out they do quite well.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg News

Builders flood Congress to block Obama’s bid to regulate creeks

President Barack Obama’s plan to expand protections for waterways is in jeopardy as builders and farmers have won the support of even some Democrats in Congress to block it.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

$1.5 million campaign seeks to get more kids out to Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Interest in the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, also known as the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, is so brisk that the Yolo Basin Foundation has had to turn away schools that seek to introduce students to the environmental value of the more than 16,000-acre habitat.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Dodd seeks $2.4 million to help protect Clear Lake

Lake County would receive $2.4 million to improve and protect the ecosystem of its visual and economic centerpiece — Clear Lake — if newly introduced state legislation is approved.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

King tides at Candlestick Point offer glimpse of planet’s future

As this week’s king tides washed over a small beach at Candlestick Point, the San Francisco Bay became an unlikely classroom for teaching the grim reality of sea-level rise.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Activists win round in bid to keep vegetation near mouth of Los Angeles River

Los Angeles River activists, heartened by the momentum behind revitalization of upstream sections of the waterway, asked water officials on Thursday to return the downstream portion to a more natural state by halting removal of vegetation on the last 11/2 miles of the river.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: GOP lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

In a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered a body of water by federal law.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

New plan pitched to enhance Bolinas Lagoon

[Marin] County parks officials are eyeing restoration work to the north end of Bolinas Lagoon, one of the world’s most biologically diverse bodies of water.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Elkhorn Slough marsh gets $1 million grant

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving a push to a project to restore critical tidal marsh in Elkhorn Slough with a $1 million grant.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Just add water: A new wetland is created in Solano County

One hundred ducks who couldn’t wait for the humans to stop talking flew into their new paradise Tuesday in Solano County. … The Cullinan Ranch wetland is a small piece of a federal project to restore 100,000 acres of public bay land over the next 20 years, from the former farmlands of the North Bay to the former salt ponds near San Jose.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Pulse flow deliveries of water to Colorado River Delta benefit parched wetlands

A binational effort aimed at reviving parched wetlands in the Colorado River Delta in Mexico through special deliveries of water has met with initial success, according to a report released Wednesday. … The water deliveries aimed at restoring some of the delta’s last remaining wetlands were outlined under a wide-ranging five-year binational agreement reached in 2012 and known as Minute 319.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Homeless in Ballona Wetlands should be evicted, and given help

The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve stretches from Westchester to the marina, 640 acres of precious and precarious wildlife habitat that over the years has survived the dumping of soil from nearby construction, trampling, littering and other indignities of urban encroachment.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Da Vinci of duck stamps recreates magical moments

When a marsh comes to life at dawn’s first light, not many people understand the magical sensations to be felt. … As the morning glow takes over the marsh, the birds start to fly … You can hear the calls from miles away.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In Ballona Wetlands preserve, homeless are unwanted intruders

As land manager of the Ballona Wetlands just south of Marina del Rey, ecologist Richard Brody thinks he has a “dream” job — but one that comes with an unusual caveat.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Drought overcomes newts and frogs in Ben Lomond

The drought huffs its way into every California conversation. It dusts everything from business profits to tooth brushing habits. These dry years are tough on frogs, toads and newts, too.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Spanos Cos. sets aside 140 acres, and the habitat is thriving

More than 140 acres of habitat restored by The Spanos Cos. finally looks like real, thriving wetland, the kind that once blanketed the Central Valley before humans planted crops and built cities.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Drought, disease wait in San Joaquin Valley for migratory birds

Great horned owls hang out at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. … But this year, predators may be the least of the worries for these birds. Starvation, avian cholera and botulism may be bigger killers than usual. It’s another dark twist from California’s destructive drought.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Migrating birds in for a tough winter in Central Valley

If the millions of birds that migrate to the Central Valley each winter look forward to the equivalent of a cozy bed and a warm meal, this year they could find themselves sleeping under a bridge.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Editorial: Salt River project a model of compromise

Decades in the making, restoration efforts now in progress on the Salt River provide an example of the best Humboldt County politics has to offer.

Publication

Looking to the Source: Watersheds of the Sierra Nevada
Published 2011

This 28-page report describes the watersheds of the Sierra Nevada region and details their importance to California’s overall water picture. It describes the region’s issues and challenges, including healthy forests, catastrophic fire, recreational impacts, climate change, development and land use.

The report also discusses the importance of protecting and restoring watersheds in order to retain water quality and enhance quantity. Examples and case studies are included.

Product

River Report Newsletter Subscription

To promote a broader understanding of the current issues involving the Colorado River, the Foundation, has developed River Report, a 12-page newsletter devoted entirely to topics surrounding this vital waterway. Each newsletter includes an in-depth news story on a timely subject essential to the Colorado River.

Video

Overcoming the Deluge: California’s Plan for Managing Floods (DVD)

This 30-minute documentary, produced in 2011, explores the past, present and future of flood management in California’s Central Valley. It features stories from residents who have experienced the devastating effects of a California flood firsthand. Interviews with long-time Central Valley water experts from California Department of Water Resources (FloodSAFE), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Central Valley Flood Management Program and environmental groups are featured as they discuss current efforts to improve the state’s 150-year old flood protection system and develop a sustainable, integrated, holistic flood management plan for the Central Valley.

Video

A Climate of Change: Water Adaptation Strategies

This 25-minute documentary-style DVD, developed in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, provides an excellent overview of climate change and how it is already affecting California. The DVD also explains what scientists anticipate in the future related to sea level rise and precipitation/runoff changes and explores the efforts that are underway to plan and adapt to climate.

Video

Delta Warning

15-minute DVD that graphically portrays the potential disaster should a major earthquake hit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “Delta Warning” depicts what would happen in the event of an earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale: 30 levee breaks, 16 flooded islands and a 300 billion gallon intrusion of salt water from the Bay – the “big gulp” – which would shut down the State Water Project and Central Valley Project pumping plants.

Video

Water on the Edge (30-minute VHS)

A 30-minute version of the 2005 PBS documentary Water on the Edge. This video is ideal for showing at community forums and speaking engagements to help the public understand the complex issues surrounding the New River.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute VHS)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute DVD)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Maps & Posters

San Joaquin River Restoration Map
Published 2012

This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, features a map of the San Joaquin River. The map text focuses on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, which aims to restore flows and populations of Chinook salmon to the river below Friant Dam to its confluence with the Merced River. The text discusses the history of the program, its goals and ongoing challenges with implementation. 

Maps & Posters

Klamath River Watershed Map
Published 2011

This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, displays the rivers, lakes and reservoirs, irrigated farmland, urban areas and Indian reservations within the Klamath River Watershed. The map text explains the many issues facing this vast, 15,000-square-mile watershed, including fish restoration; agricultural water use; and wetlands. Also included are descriptions of the separate, but linked, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement, and the next steps associated with those agreements. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Maps & Posters

Carson River Basin Map
Published 2006

A companion to the Truckee River Basin Map poster, this 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explores the Carson River, and its link to the Truckee River. The map includes Lahontan Dam and Reservoir, the Carson Sink, and the farming areas in the basin. Map text discusses the region’s hydrology and geography, the Newlands Project, land and water use within the basin and wetlands. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region, Lahontan Basin Area Office.

Maps & Posters

Delta Sustainability Map
Published 2006

This beautifully illustrated 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing and display in any office or classroom, focuses on the theme of Delta sustainability.

The text, photos and graphics explain issues related to land subsidence, levees and flooding, urbanization and fish and wildlife protection. An inset map illustrates the tidal action that increases the salinity of the Delta’s waterways. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the California Bay-Delta Authority.

Maps & Posters

Unwelcome Visitors

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive animals can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native animals “Unwelcome Visitors” features photos and information on four such species – including the zerbra mussel – and explains the environmental and economic threats posed by these species.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Delta
Updated 2010

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Delta explores the competing uses and demands on California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Included in the guide are sections on the history of the Delta, its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex and competing issues with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural drainage, and water distribution.

Wetlands
Aquapedia background

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.

Aquapedia background

Central Valley Wetlands and Riparian Habitat

In the Central Valley, wetlands—partly or seasonally saturated land that supports aquatic life and distinct ecosystems— provide critical habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Western Water Magazine

An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River
November / December 2013

This printed issue of Western Water examines how the various stakeholders have begun working together to meet the planning challenges for the Colorado River Basin, including agreements with Mexico, increased use of conservation and water marketing, and the goal of accomplishing binational environmental restoration and water-sharing programs.

Western Water Magazine

How Much Water Does the Delta Need?
July/August 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines the issues associated with the State Water Board’s proposed revision of the water quality Bay-Delta Plan, most notably the question of whether additional flows are needed for the system, and how they might be provided.

Western Water Magazine

Just Add Water? Restoring the Colorado River Delta
September/October 2008

This printed copy of Western Water examines the Colorado River Delta, its ecological significance and the lengths to which international, state and local efforts are targeted and achieving environmental restoration while recognizing the needs of the entire river’s many users.

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