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Learn more about how water is used in California and across the West for people, farms and the environment with one of our poster-size water maps – and today, on Earth Day, you can get these beautiful wall maps for 25% off the list price.

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Stop By Our Open House May 2 and Learn How We Help Educate About Water
Meet our staff and learn about the Foundation's tours, training programs and publications about water

Come join us for an open house and reception on Thursday, May 2 at our office in midtown Sacramento, where you can meet our staff and learn more about what we do to educate and foster public understanding of water resource issues in California and the Southwest.

The Water Education Foundation has been around in California for more than 40 years! This open house, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is an ideal time to meet some of the people behind our Water Leaders program for early to mid-career professionals, our tours and workshops, our Project WET teacher training and our Western Water online news.

Water News You Need to Know

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Can sensor data save California’s aquifers?

In California, the amount of water exiting aquifers under the state’s most productive farming region far surpasses the amount of water trickling back in. That rampant overdraft … has ignited interest in replenishing aquifers in California’s Central Valley through managed flooding of the ground above them. But until now there has been no reliable way to know where this type of remedy will be most effective.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

How an ‘unripe snowpack’ will impact Lake Tahoe this summer

For the third year in a row, Lake Tahoe is expected to fill. This is noteworthy for the sixth-largest lake in the United States that flirted with record-low levels amid a five-year drought that ended in 2017.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

As Bay Area heats up, Gov. Gavin Newsom warns of coming wildfire danger

As temperatures soared to summertime levels across the Bay Area, Gov. Gavin Newsom was at Tilden Regional Park in the East Bay hills Tuesday to warn that wildfires don’t only threaten California’s rural regions.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

The inequalities of climate change: Rich nations get richer, poor get poorer

As the oceans rise and the weather warms, climate change will have its winners and losers. But already it has created a sobering patchwork of economic inequality across the globe, according to researchers at Stanford University.

Online Water Encyclopedia

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.

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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 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

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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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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