AQUAFORNIA KICKOFF-Newsom expedites levee work, eases enviro laws; What’s in Tulare Lake’s murky water?
- In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- Newsom signs order to expedite California levee repair ahead of the next wet winter, The Hill
- What’s in the mysterious waters of Tulare Lake? Contaminants, egrets and many unknowns, Los Angeles Times
- Lake Mead 3 feet deeper than a month ago, expected to keep filling as Lake Powell drops, 8 News – Las Vegas
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: The Klamath River is an oddity and a monarch among western watersheds. It flows in a hydrologically backward fashion from arid plateau to coastal rainforest, and it once supported tremendous runs of salmon. Dams and diversions diminished the river’s grandeur while stoking conflict between farmers, fishing interests and tribes. Now, the nation’s largest dam removal project is underway on the Klamath, the result of decades-long negotiations between the parties. So we’re making Klamath River Basin our Water Word of the Week. To learn more about California water, visit Aquapedia, our water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is holding a public forum on Tuesday to address the Delta Cross Channel Gates Modernization Project. On Friday, the State Water Board discusses safe drinking water. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information on events by the Foundation and other groups.
Fall Water Tours: 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.
You can also book a seat 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: For more on one of the West’s most iconic rivers, check out our beautiful Klamath River Watershed Map. This frameable 24×36-inch map features the rivers, lakes, farmland and Indian reservations within the Klamath River Basin, and explains many of the issues facing the vast watershed.
Western Water, our flagship publication produced by Foundation journalists, is available online. Check out our latest article on the Klamath River dam removal project:
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.