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International Groundwater Conference Returns to San Francisco for First Time Since 2016
Grab a Coveted Sponsor or Exhibitor Spot at this Unique Gathering about Groundwater and Agriculture

The Foundation’s Central Valley Tour at the end of April is nearing capacity and while there’s still some space on the tour, there’s another very exciting opportunity on the horizon this summer to engage directly with groundwater experts from California and across the world.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news Mercury News

Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Different type of atmospheric river saved state from drought

Atmospheric river storms are like punches in a boxing match. A flurry of weak ones are OK. But it’s best to avoid the big knockout blows. That’s exactly what happened in California this winter. Scientists say that from Oct. 1 to April 1, the state actually received more atmospheric rivers, the famous moisture-laden meteorological events that are critical to the water supply, than it did last year — 44 this winter compared to 31 last winter. But the intensity made all the difference. Statewide, California had just 2 strong atmospheric rivers this winter, compared with 7 last year. Many of the biggest this winter hit Washington and Oregon instead. The result was, for the most part, a remarkably, blissfully average rainy season for California. 3 were moderate and 7 were strong. This year, 26 were weak, 16 were moderate and 2 were strong.

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Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego may scale back its ambitious Pure Water sewage-purification plans — or scrap some entirely

With San Diego more than half done with the first phase of its Pure Water sewage recycling system, city officials say they are considering major changes to how they will handle the second, larger phase. … Plans for the second phase, which were mostly put in place 13 years ago, could change significantly based on new state regulations and new information about how much purified water the city is projected to need. … But the city could abandon a plan to build the phase two purification plant on a vacant 17-acre site in Mission Valley, and plans to store purified water from that plant in either Lake Murray or the San Vicente Reservoir.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California is finally getting a new state park this summer

After a decade in the works, California is getting a new state park this summer. Dos Rios Ranch, a 1,600-acre plot west of Modesto where the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers converge, has long been slated to become the next state park. On Monday, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced it would open June 12. … Department of Parks and Recreation Director Armando Quintero has characterized Dos Rios as a needed public investment in a “a park-poor region.” The site for Dos Rios was donated by the Chico conservation group River Partners, which spent $40 million restoring the area from its previous incarnation as a dairy farm to its more natural state as a floodplain, a transition that state leaders have touted as climate-resilient. In Monday’s announcement, Gov. Gavin Newsom called the Dos Rios restoration “a key asset to fighting the climate crisis.”

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Announcement: Flash sale – Water maps & guides on sale for Nation Environmental Education Week

Our popular water maps don the office walls of many in the water world, and our Layperson’s Guides are the go-to resource for impartial overviews of key water topics and landmarks across California and the Southwest. In recognition of Earth Day on Monday and National Environmental Education Week, we’re offering a 20 percent discount through April 27 on these educational products: Maps & PostersLayperson’s Guides: Discount code NEEW2024 Map & Guide Bundles: Discount code NEEW2024-Bundles. Our book, Water & the Shaping of California: Discount code: NEEW2024-Book Take advantage of our discounted prices today! Sale ends Saturday! 

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A Tulare County groundwater agency on the hot seat for helping sink the Friant-Kern Canal holds private tours for state regulators

As the date of reckoning for excessive groundwater pumping in Tulare County grows closer, lobbying by water managers and growers has ramped up. The Friant Water Authority, desperate to protect its newly rebuilt –  yet still sinking – Friant-Kern Canal, has beseeched the Water Resources Control Board to get involved. Specifically, it has asked board members to look into how the Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) has, or has not, curbed over pumping that affects the canal. Meanwhile, the Eastern Tule groundwater agency has been doing a bit of its own lobbying. It recently hosted all five members of the Water Board on three separate tours of the region, including the canal. Because the tours were staggered, there wasn’t a quorum of board members, which meant they weren’t automatically open to the public.

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Aquapedia background Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Map


Sacramento National Wildlife RefugeWetlands are among the world’s most important and hardest-working ecosystems, rivaling rainforests and coral reefs in productivity. 

They produce high levels of oxygen, filter water pollutants, sequester carbon, reduce flooding and erosion and recharge groundwater.

Bay-Delta Tour participants viewing the Bay Model

Bay Model

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bay Model is a giant hydraulic replica of San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is housed in a converted World II-era warehouse in Sausalito near San Francisco.

Hundreds of gallons of water are pumped through the three-dimensional, 1.5-acre model to simulate a tidal ebb and flow lasting 14 minutes.

Aquapedia background Colorado River Basin Map

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