Latest Western Water Explores Upper Colorado River Restoration Effort That Could Be A Model Across The West
Foundation journalists explore a partnership of ranchers, conservationists and others who worked together to help farms, fish and the river

Ranchers and conservationists in the headwaters of the Colorado River decided that to get something done to benefit the ranches, the fish and the river, they needed to work together. Their partnership, which could serve as a template for similar regions across the West, is the focus of a new article in our flagship publication, Western Water

The article by the Foundation’s team of veteran journalists explores what drove the need to act, how the partnership came together and some of the projects undertaken to improve irrigation for ranchers and habitat for fish.


Explore a Variety of Drought Resiliency Efforts That Could Help Across California on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Continuing education credits and scholarships available to learn about the challenge of persistent water scarcity in scenic Santa Barbara region; Tour starts in Burbank

The Santa Barbara region’s recovery from drought often has lagged behind much of the rest of California due to the nature of its watershed. But a variety of efforts are underway to enhance the region’s limited local water resources.

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 explores the connection between the area’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought and persistent water scarcity with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast.

Water News You Need to Know

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Tuesday Top of the Scroll: California set to authorize $1.3 billion safe drinking water program

The more than 1 million Californians without access to safe, affordable drinking water may soon see money flowing for water districts to regionalize, consolidate, install treatment, or take other actions to improve water quality.

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Proposal would allow oil companies to inject wastewater into aquifers

California regulators are negotiating an agreement with two major oil companies that would allow them to keep injecting millions of gallons of wastewater into potential drinking water and irrigation supplies in the Central Valley for three years.

Aquafornia news Courthouse News Service

Dam management can help salmon and sturgeon

In a paper published Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Ecology, scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the National Marine Fisheries Service used statistical modeling to determine an optimal water management plan that would protect both species and ensure other water users would benefit as well.

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Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Sea level rise: California’s new reality

While wildfires have gotten much of the attention in California as consequences of climate change, it’s really rising sea levels that will likely wreak the most damage. With more than 25 million people living near the coast, some $150 billion worth of property is at risk.

Online Water Encyclopedia

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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.

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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 237 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 California’s largest inland body of water. The Salton Sea, which is saltier than the Pacific Ocean, includes 130 miles of shoreline and is larger than Lake Tahoe

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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.


Important People in California Water History

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