AQUAFORNIA KICKOFF-Could China fund a major NorCal dam proposal?; Calif. jumpstarts floodplain restoration
- In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- Could the Chinese government fund construction of huge new dam at Pacheco Pass?, Mercury News
- Floodplain restoration funding flows again, Chico Enterprise-Record
- Was Hurricane Hilary overhyped?, Los Angeles Times
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: As California settles deeper into its bone-dry summer, the effects of the wet winter continue. Runoff from the record snowmelt continues to boost streams and reservoirs, and many of the state’s 343 hydroelectric plants are running at full steam, generating several times the energy they did in recent drought years. This electrical boost has helped California avoid blackouts this summer, despite the scorching heat and high cooling demands on the power grid. So we’re making Hydroelectric Power our Water Word of the Week. To learn more about California water, visit Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: Experts and engineers will present options for a Central Coast dam project on Tuesday evening. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information on events by the Foundation and other groups.
Fall Water Tour: There are only a few seats left for our one-time-only Eastern Sierra Tour September 12-15. 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.
Water Summit: Registration for the Foundation’s premier event is now open! Grab your ticket for the annual summit that will take place Oct. 25 in downtown Sacramento. This year’s theme is Taking on the Improbable in Western Water.
Water Resource of the Week: The federal Central Valley Project helps keep Californians cool in the August heat with water supply reservoirs open to boating and swimming and hydroelectric plants that kick in when air conditioning is in high demand. Learn more about this huge system of dams, reservoirs and canals that California relies on for agriculture, drinking water and electricity in our Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project.
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.