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New Stop Announced for Northern California Tour: Salmon Rearing Structures in the Sacramento River
River Garden Farms project is one of several stops highlighting habitat restoration in the Sacramento Valley

Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms, with an example of a salmon refuge, similar to what was placed in the Sacramento River.More than two dozen refuge structures made of large walnut tree trunks bolted to boulders were dropped deep into the Sacramento River last year to shelter juvenile salmon from predators.

Participants on our Northern California Tour Oct. 10-12 will visit the location of these rearing structures in Redding and learn why they’re important from Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms, which spearheaded the project. Other restoration-focused stops on the tour include the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and the Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project.

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The Promise and Challenge of Safe, Clean Drinking Water for All Is Focus of Sept. 20 Summit Panel
Get an update from experts and hear about solutions at Water Summit; tickets going fast!

Drinking WaterMore than 260 California water suppliers — many of them small systems in disadvantaged communities — don’t meet safe drinking water standards. One solution to getting those communities clean water is as simple — and as complicated — as connecting them to a larger supplier nearby. 

At the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit Sept. 20 in Sacramento, Camille Pannu, director of the Water Justice Clinic at UC Davis’ Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, will discuss the complexities of water system mergers and a program underway in the Central Valley that has facilitated more than a dozen such mergers.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Tax on California water revived to clean up drinking water — but it’s voluntary

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are rebooting an effort to pass a new tax to attack unsafe drinking water in California. But there’s a twist: The proposed tax on water bills would be voluntary, increasing its chances of success among skittish lawmakers in an election year.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnels cost soars to nearly $20 billion when accounting for inflation

The estimated cost of the Delta tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to re-engineer the troubled hub of California’s water network, has jumped to nearly $20 billion when accounting for inflation.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Eel River salmon spawners may face tough run this fall, local officials say

Critical pools on the lower Eel River where migrating salmon swim toward their upriver spawning grounds are once again saturated with sediment, according to local researchers and river surveyors. Eel River Recovery Project board member and salmon surveyor Eric Stockwell said the shallow pools and channels make it more likely fish will contract disease or become stranded as had occurred in previous years.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Learn about land subsidence and groundwater conditions in the San Joaquin Valley

Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been a problem for decades in the San Joaquin Valley, but an increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade has resulted in subsidence rates of more than one foot per year in some parts of the region. … Join us for a special, free workshop on Oct 2 at Fresno State — co-sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation – that will highlight ongoing land subsidence monitoring, monitoring techniques and DWR assistance to help local agencies comply with requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

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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 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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