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Registration Is Now Open For Water 101 Workshop
Feb. 20 workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day tour

Attendees listening to presentations at the 2019 Water 101 workshop.Registration is now open for one of our most popular annual events, the Water 101 workshop, to be held Feb. 20 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. The workshop also includes an optional tour the following day that will feature collaborative and innovative water projects and programs.

Water 101 covers California’s water basics including the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in the state, as well a look at hot topics and current issues of concern. Taught by some of California’s leading policy and legal experts, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the state’s water resources.

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Give the Gift of Water Knowledge This Holiday Season
Check out the array of water maps, layperson's guides, tours, events and more that could fill any water wonk's stocking

Three water mapsThis holiday season, consider giving the gift of water knowledge to the water wonk in your life.

We’re offering an array of intriguing gift options, from a ticket to our popular Water 101 Workshop or one of our 2020 water tours to one of our beautiful poster-size water maps, layperson’s guides or other water publications.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Is rain done in 2019? Is California in a drought? What to know as weather stays dry

It’s been warmer than normal. It’s been drier than normal. For most of the region, it hasn’t rained more than a sprinkle or a brief thunderstorm here or there in about six months. Northern California weather has done a relatively quick 180 in 2019.

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Aquafornia news KUNC

New analysis spells out serious legal risk to Colorado River water users

Ambiguity exists in the language of the river’s foundational document, the Colorado River Compact. That agreement’s language remains unclear on whether Upper Basin states, where the Colorado River originates, are legally obligated to deliver a certain amount of water over a 10-year period to those in the Lower Basin: Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Aquafornia news ScienceDaily

Get over it? Study shows that, while people can come to appreciate recycled water’s benefits, they still don’t want to use it

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it’s perfectly safe and tastes as good — or better – than their drinking water. … But that doesn’t mean they’re going to use recycled water — and it sure doesn’t mean they’ll drink it. And the reason lies in the word “disgust.”

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Registration now open for Water 101 workshop

Registration is now open for one of our most popular annual events, the Water 101 workshop, to be held Feb. 20 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. The workshop also includes an optional tour the following day that will feature collaborative and innovative water projects and programs.

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.

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 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

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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