AQUAFORNIA KICKOFF-Calif. Misses Drought Goal, Cuts Water Use Only 7%; Colo. River Tribes Demand Bigger Role
In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- Californians were asked to cut water use 15% during the drought. How close did they get?, Los Angeles Times
- Colorado River officials, tribes break down priorities for negotiations, Colorado Sun
- Flooding in Firebaugh has come in a slow, relentless creep as high San Joaquin River flows seep through levees into basements, ruin crops and leave land too sodden to farm, SJV Water
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: State-operated dams and reservoirs don’t just create California’s water supply. They also form a network of recreation areas and public parks – the focus of California State Parks Week, which runs June 14-18. Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, for example, was formed by Cedar Springs Dam, the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. And Lake Perris State Recreation Area is the southern terminus of the State Water Project. So we’re making State Water Project our Water Word of the Week. For more on California water vocabulary, check out Aquapedia, our online water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: On Thursday, UC Berkeley experts discuss water rights curtailments for addressing water shortages. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information on events by the Foundation and other groups.
Summer Water Tour: Last call to join our Headwaters Tour, set for June 21-22, with an overnight at Lake Tahoe. Only a few seats remain for a trip through the Sierra Nevada to explore the role of upper watersheds in protecting California’s water supply. Learn directly from experts about this year’s historically large snowpack, the latest in forest management research and practices, California’s tree mortality epidemic, meadow restoration and more. You can still join a guided rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River on June 20, too!
Water Resource of the Week: The history behind the State Water Project and its key pieces of infrastructure is highlighted in both our Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project and California Water Map.
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.