Dams: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
According to an excerpt: “Dams have allowed Californians and the West to harness and control water dating back to the days of Native Americans. At that time, Native Americans erected simple dams for catching salmon. Today, California and neighboring states are home to a vast integrated system of federal, state and locally owned dams that help with flood management, water storage and water transport.”
To learn more about dams, Aquapedia also lists useful resources, including these from the Foundation: “Layperson’s Guide to Flood Management,” “Levees and Flood Protections: A Shared Responsibility, Western Water, May/June 2012” and “Are We Keeping Up With Water Infrastructure Needs? Western Water, Jan./Feb. 2012.”
The Foundation’s comprehensive action-packed tours, including the Northern California Tour Oct. 22-24, feature itineraries that include site visits to dams.
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