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

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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.

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Senators insist on judicial review of water tunnels project

California’s two Democratic senators have committed themselves to opposing a controversial House provision that would block judicial review of the state’s WaterFix tunnel project, reprising a familiar Capitol Hill plot. These California water narratives start bubbling up in the House, and then they often, although not always, dry out in the Senate.

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California limits daily personal water use to 55 gallons — kind of

California has always been America’s leader on environmental policy, and water is no exception. So it was hardly surprising when the state made headlines across the nation in early June with a new policy on residential water use: Californians will be limited to 55 gallons per person per day for their indoor water needs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown, smelly water sparks concerns and allegations of a political ruse

Residents of Compton have complained about brown, smelly water coming out of their taps for more than a year. And when officials began talking about dissolving the troubled local water district, the area’s congresswoman scheduled a town hall meeting so community members could weigh in.

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Save 20% starting today on all California and Colorado River water maps and Layperson’s Guides during Summer Solstice sale

Summer Solstice happens tomorrow, and to celebrate 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 starts now and runs through Friday. Use the promo code SOLSTICE at check out to get your discount.

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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.  

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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

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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.