AQUAFORNIA KICKOFF-Calif. Republicans revive Shasta Dam expansion plan; El Niño fueling extreme weather
- In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- California Republicans fighting again to raise the Shasta dam. Will state law prevent it?, Sacramento Bee
- When El Niño exacerbates global warming: Record heat, record flooding, record wildfires, CNBC
- When will California experience another drought? Experts aren’t entirely sure, KGET – Bakersfield
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: Last year, forecasts suggested a return of La Niña and increased odds of California drought. Scratch that. An El Niño pattern is strengthening, and with it has come a frenzy of turbulent weather around the world. Among other things, an El Niño means a good chance of another wet and stormy winter in the West, where reservoirs are still mostly full, the high Sierra Nevada remains coated in snow, and Californians are still shell-shocked by the storms of 2023. So we’re making El Niño/La Niña our Water Word of the Week. To learn more about California water, visit Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: The State Water Resources Control Board meets on Tuesday to discuss, among other things, livestock grazing and drinking water rules. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information on events by the Foundation and other groups.
Fall Water Tours: Our one-time-only Eastern Sierra Tour September 12-15 is filling up fast! Reserve your seat now for the 3-day, 3-night tour that journeys from the Truckee River to Mono Lake and on through the Owens Valley and Mojave Desert.
Registration is also going for our popular Northern California Tour Oct. 18-20. This 3-day, 2-night excursion across the Sacramento Valley features stops at Lake Oroville, Shasta Lake, rice farms, a national wildlife refuge and more.
Water Resource of the Week: No book tells the story of California water better than Water & the Shaping of California. This 168-page book, filled with beautiful photos and famous water sayings, is perfect for your home collection or showcased at the office.
Western Water, our flagship publication produced by Foundation journalists, is available online. Check out our latest articles:
- High-Tech mapping of Central Valley’s underground blazes path to drought resilience
- Upper Colorado River states add muscle as decisions loom on the shrinking river’s future
- Testing at the source: California readies a groundbreaking hunt to check for microplastics in drinking water
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.