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Last Chance to Register for our Northern California Tour; Water Summit Just Around the Corner
Join us online Oct. 14 for a virtual journey across the Sacramento Valley and Oct. 28 for our annual premier event

Aerial photo of a portion of Lake Oroville in July 2021 showing almost no water, the result of a two-year drought.Learn about the drought now plaguing California and steps being taken to abate the impacts at our annual Water Summit later this month, and gain a deeper understanding of the state’s biggest watershed relied on by millions for drinking water during our Northern California Tour this Thursday.

Announcement

Oct. 28 Water Summit Panel to Examine Drought Impacts Across California
Optional In-person Sacramento River Cruise Reception to Follow Engaging Afternoon Online Event

Lake Oroville, September 2021Register today for our Water Summit, hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the afternoon of Oct. 28, to hear a variety of perspectives detailing the on-the-ground impacts of the the current drought in California.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news KTNV - Las Vegas

Monday Top of the Scroll: VP Kamala Harris to visit Lake Mead Monday, talk climate change

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Southern Nevada on Monday and is scheduled to talk about climate change and investing in climate resilience. … Harris is expected to emphasize that water shortages have a ripple effect on U.S. farmers, food supply, and economy – and that climate change will continue to make extreme weather including droughts and heat more frequent, costly, and harmful, according to the White House communications team.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California records driest year in a century

In a year of both extreme heat and extreme drought, California has reported its driest water year in terms of precipitation in a century, and experts fear the coming 12 months could be even worse. The Western Regional Climate Center added average precipitation reported at each of its stations and calculated that a total of 11.87 inches of rain and snow fell in California in the 2021 water year. That’s half of what experts deem average during a water year in California: about 23.58 inches.

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Aquafornia news Mercury News

Much-needed rain finally falling in the Bay Area; snow headed to the Sierra

Light rain started falling Sunday evening in the Bay Area, as a week of much-needed precipitation was forecast for the parched Northern California landscape. One to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall across the Bay Area over the next week, and even more could fall across the North Bay as a series of storms dives in from the northwest, said Rick Canepa, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. To the east, parts of the Sierra Nevada could see more than a half-foot of snow by Monday morning. 

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Aquafornia news The Guardian

Scientists see a La Niña coming. What does that mean for the dry American Southwest?

The wet winter the American south-west has hoped for as it battles extreme drought and heat is increasingly unlikely to materialize as scientists now predict that a phenomenon known as La Niña will develop for the second year in a row. The weather system could intensify the worst effects of the drought … Different regions in the US will experience different outcomes. Washington state, Oregon, and even possibly northern California could see wetter conditions than normal, possibly causing problems if the rain comes as a deluge.

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Online Water Encyclopedia

Restored wetlands in Northern California
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Wetlands

Wetlands are among the most important and hardest-working ecosystems in the world, rivaling rain forests and coral reefs in productivity of life. 

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

Lake Oroville shows the effects of drought in 2014.

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. During California’s 2012–2016 drought, much of the state experienced severe drought conditions: significantly less precipitation and snowpack, reduced streamflow and higher temperatures. Those same conditions reappeared early in 2021 prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom in May to declare drought emergencies in watersheds across 41 counties in California.

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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.