AQUAFORNIA MONDAY KICKOFF-Epic Winter May Stoke Wildfire Season; How Will Colo. River Cuts Hit Calif.?
In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- California fears even worse fire season as ‘superblooms’ from historic wet winter become kindling, Fortune
- Federal officials told states to curb Colorado River use. How will it affect California?, Sacramento Bee
- California flooding: Farmers fear next snow melt, CalMatters
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: Educating the next generation about water and the environment is a primary goal behind National Environmental Education Week, which began Sunday and continues through Earth Day on Saturday. Our California Project WET program aims to support the critical work educators are doing to instill a passion for science and the environment in their students. The program provides engaging activities and resources that help K-12 teachers bring water science and resource challenges to life in the classroom so that the next generation can be good water stewards. So for National Environmental Education Week, we’re making California Project WET our Water Word of the Week. For more of the vibrant vocabulary of California water check out Aquapedia, our free online water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: The State Water Resources Control Board meets Tuesday to discuss wastewater and desalination. The following day, the California Water Commission will discuss groundwater recharge. Be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information on events by the Foundation and other groups.
Spring Water Tours: There are still a few seats left for our popular annual Bay-Delta Tour May 17-19, but those seats are going fast! Don’t miss your chance to explore California’s most critical water region — the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. We’re also opening registration this week for our first in-person Headwaters Tour in four years, set for June 21-22. This is your opportunity to learn how water flows from the High Sierra to your tap. You can also join us for an optional whitewater rafting trip.
Water Resource of the Week: Drought restrictions are lifting. Floodgates are opening. Phenomenal spring runoff is gushing our way. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of water security. California’s precipitation swings wildly from year to year. The next drought could be lurking just around the corner. Get ahead of the curve with our newly updated Layperson’s Guide to Water Conservation.
Western Water, our flagship publication produced by Foundation journalists, is available online. Check out our most recent article:
- Testing at the Source: California Readies a Groundbreaking Hunt to Check for Microplastics in Drinking Water
- California Water Agencies Hoped A Deluge Would Recharge Their Aquifers. But When It Came, Some Couldn’t Use It
- In One of the Snowiest Places in the West, A Scientist Hunts for Clues to the Sierra Snowpack’s Future
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.