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20% Off Sale Ends Friday; All California and Colorado River Water Maps, Layperson’s Guides featured in Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with discounts today and Friday on all our educational maps, guides and publications

Water Education Foundation mapsTo celebrate today’s Summer Solstice, we’re offering a special 20% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs through Friday, June 22. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount.

As Colorado River Levels Drop, Pressure Grows On Arizona To Complete A Plan For Water Shortages
IN-DEPTH: A dispute over who speaks for Arizona has stalled work with California, Nevada on Drought Contingency Plan

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

It’s high-stakes time in Arizona. The state that depends on the Colorado River to help supply its cities and farms — and is first in line to absorb a shortage — is seeking a unified plan for water supply management to join its Lower Basin neighbors, California and Nevada, in a coordinated plan to preserve water levels in Lake Mead before they run too low.

If the lake’s elevation falls below 1,075 feet above sea level, the secretary of the Interior would declare a shortage and Arizona’s deliveries of Colorado River water would be reduced by 320,000 acre-feet. Arizona says that’s enough to serve about 1 million households in one year.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump’s plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power

The Trump administration’s ideas for revamping which agencies are tasked with certain energy and environmental responsibilities – such as managing the nation’s fisheries and flood infrastructure – are part of a broader reorganization plan that calls for sweeping changes such as merging the Labor and Education departments.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Energy-water appropriations bill grows, stalls in Senate

The Senate will vote Monday on a minibus spending bill that would fund the Department of Energy into the next fiscal year, a measure that swelled with the addition last night of an assortment of energy and resource bills. Senate leaders had hoped to pass the package — which includes the energy-water, military construction-veterans affairs and legislative branch spending measures — before leaving for the weekend.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

California crabbers, Yurok Tribe receive nearly $30 million in fisheries disaster relief

More than two years after the 2015-16 Dungeness and rock crab seasons in California was marred by toxic algae blooms, the federal government this week has allocated $25.8M in disaster funds to relieve fishermen and businesses affected by the closure. The Yurok Tribe was also allocated nearly $4M in disaster relief for its 2016 commercial salmon season, which was closed due to low numbers of returning spawners.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

20% off sale ends Friday; All California and Colorado River water maps, Layperson’s Guides featured in Summer Solstice Sale

To celebrate today’s Summer Solstice, we’re offering a special 20% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials. Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs through Friday, June 22. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at checkout to get your discount. … For educators, we have a number of publications available to help you teach about water, including a poster on the water cycle, educator guides and kid-friendly brochures on coastal ecosystems, water recycling, wetlands and drought.

Online Water Encyclopedia

Project WET Event

Help Children Understand Water
For A Sustainable Future

Location: Atwater Elementary School District, Atwater

Sponsored By: UC Merced Extension Programs, Merced County Office of Education

Special Note:  $15  light breakfast and lunch, light breakfast & lunch. Participants can apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension for an additional $40.

Register: Please contact Rosanna Ayers at Merced County Office of Education to register or for more information.  

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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