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California’s groundwater is a great natural resource and has
contributed to the state becoming the nation’s top agricultural
producer and a leader in high-tech industries. Groundwater is an
asset that is increasingly relied upon by municipalities,
industry and agriculture and it will play an important role in
the future sustainability of California’s overall water supply.
There’s just one week left
until our Water 101 workshop
and optional tour! Register today for this once-a-year
Attendees at the Feb. 20 workshop will hear from a variety of
experts about important and current issues in California water
management and policy, including the Delta, sustainable
groundwater management, Gov. Newsom’s draft Water Resilience
Portfolio, impacts to water resources from climate change and
Shortly after Gov. Gavin Newsom
called on state agencies to deliver a Water Resilience Portfolio
to meet California’s urgent challenges — from unsafe drinking
water and climate change risks to severely depleted groundwater
aquifers and declining native fish populations — he appointed
Nancy Vogel, a former journalist and veteran water communicator,
to pull it together.
interview with Western Water, Vogel explains how the
draft portfolio released Jan. 3 came together, its expected role
in helping to guide policy and investment decisions related to
climate and water resilience — and why the portfolio should
matter to average Californians.
President Trump will splash into California’s perpetually
roiled water world next week when he drops by the southern San
Joaquin Valley city that’s home to his biggest House booster
and proximate to some of the state’s biggest dilemmas. With his
expected visit to Bakersfield, Trump can affirm support for
increased irrigation water deliveries, troll Democratic Gov.
Gavin Newsom and reward House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) in his hometown.
New federal data show that California may be sliding back into
drought, just as the Legislature is starting to pursue ways to
make sure residents are prepared for water shortages. Due to
weeks of dry weather about 10 percent of California and more
than half of Nevada are in drought mode, the federal government
A potential lawsuit in North Carolina and legislation in
Congress have together surfaced an under-the-radar debate about
who shoulders the burden of preventing contamination of
waterways with toxic PFAS chemicals.
Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world.
They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of
water, sequester carbon, 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
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.