Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world.
They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of
water, reduce flooding and erosion and recharge groundwater. They
also serve as critical habitat for wildlife, including a large
percentage of plants and animals on California’s endangered
As the state has grown into one of the world’s leading economies,
Californians have developed and transformed the state’s marshes,
swamps and tidal flats, losing as much as 90 percent of the
original wetlands acreage—a greater percentage of loss than any
other state in the nation.
While the conversion of wetlands has slowed, the loss in
California is significant and it affects a range of factors from
water quality to quality of life.
Wetlands still remain in every part of the state, with the
greatest concentration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and
its watershed, which includes the Central Valley. The Delta
wetlands are especially important because they are part of the
vast complex of waterways that provide two-thirds of California’s
Mount, a senior fellow at the Water Policy Center at the Public
Policy Institute of California, spoke recently about
managing freshwater systems with ecosystem water budgets. “I
will argue that drought, because of the way we have modified
this system, is the major bottleneck ecologically,” he said.
“Step 1 has to be thinking about drought: how to mitigate
drought and how to deal with drought – that is plan for,
respond to, and recover from drought. We don’t do that at
all, even though we just had this big drought.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named Jared Blumenfeld, a
former Obama administration official and longtime environmental
advocate as the new secretary of the California Environmental
Protection Agency. Blumenfeld, 49, of San Francisco, will run
the agency, known as Cal-EPA, which oversees a broad range of
environmental and public health regulations statewide, on
topics that include air pollution, water pollution, toxics
regulation, pesticides and recycling.
Saying it will continue to protect environmentally sensitive
waterways such as wetlands in California, even if federal
protections on waters of the U.S. are limited, the State Water
Resources Control Board has unveiled a final draft on how it
plans to regulate dredge-and-fill activities in the state.
In the latter half of 2018, both the federal and state
governments released new climate change assessments that
outline the projected course of climate change and its
potential effects on water resources. At the December meeting
of the California Water Commission, staff from the Department
of Water Resources and the Delta Stewardship Council were on
hand to present an overview of the newly released assessments.
Due to rising average temperatures, snowpacks in the Great
Basin appear to be transitioning from seasonal, with a
predictable amount and melt rate, to “ephemeral,” or
short-lived, which are less predictable and only last up to 60
days. “We might not get as much water into the ground, throwing
off the timing of water for plant root systems, reducing our
supply and use, and even affecting businesses such as tourism,”
says lead researcher Rose Petersky.
Montgomery is known for fostering collaborative relationships
among stakeholders and as a leader in protecting and restoring
water quality within California and throughout the Southwest
and the Pacific Islands. He is currently serving as the
Assistant Director of the Water Division in the US
Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9).
CANCELED: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold one hearing to
provide interested parties the opportunity to present data,
views, or information concerning the proposed rule changes
affecting wetlands and ephemeral waters.
The Trump administration laid out plans Tuesday to roll back
Obama-era rules protecting isolated streams and wetlands from
industrial pollution, a move that conservation groups said
could harm creeks and impact drinking water in the Bay Area and
throughout California. The move by the Environmental Protection
Agency to roll back the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, known as
WOTUS, was hailed by farmers and industry, which have long
sought to rewrite the rules.
The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act
protections on millions of acres of waterways and wetlands,
including up to two-thirds of California’s inland streams,
following through on a promise to agriculture interests and
real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting
More than 1,000 acres of unused farmland in East Contra Costa
County are slowly being converted back to the vibrant wetlands
they once were in what’s hailed as the largest tidal marsh
restoration project ever in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River
Delta. The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, which
recently broke ground, is the California Department of Water
Resources’ first major tidal wetlands restoration in the Delta.
A series of programs is under way to restore wetlands, the
newest starting this week. The Department of Water Resources
will break ground Wednesday at Dutch Slough in Oakley for what
DWR calls its largest tidal wetlands restoration project —
nearly 1,200 acres — in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Other projects by other agencies are transforming salt ponds to
wetlands in the Napa-Sonoma Marsh and along South San Francisco
California voters may be feeling a sense of deja vu when they
consider Proposition 3, an $8.9 billion water bond on the
November ballot to fund a long list of water projects —
from repairing Oroville Dam to restoring Bay Area wetlands to
helping Central Valley farmers recharge depleted groundwater.
Didn’t the voters recently approve a big water bond? Maybe two
of them? Yes. And yes.
As Congressman Jimmy Panetta stepped up on the podium at a
ceremony last week at Hester Marsh, pelicans glided behind him
to a landing near bobbing otters. The flurry of wildlife
underlined Panetta’s message of just how crucial wetland
habitat is. “We want to show the importance of Elkhorn Slough
not just to the Central Coast, but to the world,” Panetta told
the crowd of scientists, activists, and politicians.
The Trump Administration has moved decisively to weaken the
Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, a federal regulatory process
that seeks to protect wetlands and seasonal streams from
excessive development. This effort has suffered setbacks in the
courts, which has only helped create more uncertainty about how
these waters should be protected.
California officials are poised to seize control over a major
arena of federal regulation in response to Trump administration
rollbacks: the management and protection of wetlands. Wetlands
are vital features on the landscape. Basically low spots in a
watershed, when they fill with water they provide important
habitat for birds, fish and other species. Wetlands also help
control floods and recharge groundwater, and they filter the
water we drink.
Farmers in the Central Valley are broiling about California’s plan to increase flows in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems to help struggling salmon runs avoid extinction. But in one corner of the fertile breadbasket, River Garden Farms is taking part in some extraordinary efforts to provide the embattled fish with refuge from predators and enough food to eat.
And while there is no direct benefit to one farm’s voluntary actions, the belief is what’s good for the fish is good for the farmers.
Oil drillers, miners, land developers and others will no longer
be required to pay the federal government to offset damage to
wildlife and habitats on public land, the Trump administration
plans to announce Tuesday.
For years, there has been a movement in California to restore
floodplains, by moving levees back from rivers and planting
trees, shrubs and grasses in the low-lying land between. The
goal has been to go back in time, to bring back some of the
habitat for birds, animals and fish that existed before the
state was developed.
In the decades since President George H.W. Bush pledged a goal
of “no net loss” of U.S. wetlands, this uniquely American mix
of conservation and capitalism has been supported by every
president since then, growing the market for wetlands
mitigation credits from about 40 banks in the early 1990s to
nearly 1,500 today. Investors include Chevron and Wall Street
firms, working alongside the Audubon Society and other
environmental groups. Now the market is at risk.
Deep, throaty cadenced calls —
sounding like an off-key bassoon — echo over the grasslands,
farmers’ fields and wetlands starting in late September of each
year. They mark the annual return of sandhill cranes to the
Cosumnes River Preserve,
46,000 acres located 20 miles south of Sacramento on the edge of
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
We traveled deep into California’s
water hub and traverse the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a
720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the
state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and
ecological resource. The tour made its way to San Francisco Bay,
and included a ferry ride.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who
has been methodically weakening air pollution rules over the
past year, is now taking control of key decision-making on the
protection of streams and wetlands from the agency’s regional
administrators, an internal memo shows. At issue is something
known as “geographic jurisdiction,” agency speak for which
bodies of water do, or do not, fall under the Clean Water Act.
California voters may experience a sense of déjà vu this year when they are asked twice in the same year to consider water bonds — one in June, the other headed to the November ballot.
Both tackle a variety of water issues, from helping disadvantaged communities get clean drinking water to making flood management improvements. But they avoid more controversial proposals, such as new surface storage, and they propose to do some very different things to appeal to different constituencies.
Along the banks of the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Oakley, about 50 miles southwest
of Sacramento, is a park that harkens back to the days when the
Delta lured Native Americans, Spanish explorers, French fur
trappers, and later farmers to its abundant wildlife and rich
That historical Delta was an enormous marsh linked to the two
freshwater rivers entering from the north and south, and tidal
flows coming from the San Francisco Bay. After the Gold Rush,
settlers began building levees and farms, changing the landscape
and altering the habitat.
The California Coastal Act for decades has scaled back
mega-hotels, protected wetlands and, above all, declared that
access to the beach was a fundamental right guaranteed to
everyone. But that very principle could be dismantled in the
latest chapter of an all-out legal battle that began as a local
dispute over a locked gate.
As Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt jetted
around the country last year, regularly flying first or
business class at hefty taxpayer expense, his stated mission
was often a noble one: to hear from Americans about how
Washington could most effectively and fairly enforce the Clean
Coastal wetlands such as Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County, the
marshes along Morro Bay and the ecological preserve in Newport
Beach can purify the air, cleanse urban runoff before it flows
into the sea and reduce flooding by absorbing storm surges like
a sponge. But there’s little room left for this ecosystem
along the changing Pacific Coast, as the sea continues to rise
and Californians continue to develop the shore.
California is once again suing the Trump Administration,
joining New York and eight other states in a case about water.
The states filed the lawsuit Tuesday just hours after federal
agencies announced a new delay in the federal Clean Water Rule.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said the
Trump administration is “righting the wrongs” of President
Barack Obama by reversing a host of regulations designed to
“weaponize” the agency and punish the fossil fuel industry.
Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued
President Donald Trump’s administration over its decision to
delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have
expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected
by the Clean Water Act.
The text of the Clean Water Act trumped all of the government’s
arguments in the long-running fight over which courts have
jurisdiction over the Obama administration’s contentious water
rule. … The Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule aimed to
clarify which wetlands and streams receive automatic protection
under the Clean Water Act after years of confusion caused by
the infamously muddled 2006 Supreme Court Rapanos decision.
This tour traveled deep into California’s water hub and traversed
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of
islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is
California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. The
tour made its way to San Francisco Bay and
included a ferry ride.
California’s top water regulators adopted an agreement that
commits the state to following through on plans of building
wetlands and controlling dust around the shrinking Salton Sea
over the next 10 years. The order approved Tuesday by the
State Water Resources Control Board sets targets for state
agencies in building thousands of acres of ponds, wetlands and
other dust-control projects around the lake.
Despite the Trump administration’s claims that deregulation
will lead to economic growth, an analysis of three of his most
significant proposed deregulatory efforts shows that they will
result in tremendous societal cost. In Executive Order 13778,
Trump directed agencies to review the Waters of the United
States rule, which provides protections for streams and
Earlier this month, a proposed bond measure in the California
Legislature had included $280 million to pay for building
thousands of acres of ponds, wetlands and other dust-control
projects around the Salton Sea. This week, after negotiations
among lawmakers, the amount earmarked for the Salton Sea was
slashed to $200 million.
Northern California farmer John Duarte spent years fighting the
federal government after being fined for plowing over protected
wetlands on his property. … But just before his trial was set
to start Tuesday, Duarte settled.
In a show of support, the Butte County Farm Bureau visited John
Duarte’s Paskenta Road property south of Red Bluff Friday
morning, issuing a challenge for other farm bureau
organizations to join it in supporting the legal battle
involving the property that returns to court Tuesday in
Northern California farmer John Duarte, facing millions of
dollars in fines for plowing a Sacramento Valley wheat field,
previously sought help from President Donald Trump’s attorney
general and EPA chief to get the government off his back. Now
Duarte is making an 11th-hour bid for a dismissal of the
federal government’s high-profile case against him.
A California farmer facing a $2.8 million fine
for allegedly plowing seasonal wetlands on his 450-acre
Tehama County land lashed out Friday against federal
prosecutors and bureaucrats for what he called an abuse of
California farmer John Duarte, facing a hefty fine over
water-law violations for plowing a field, wants to call in a
big gun in his high-profile court case in Sacramento: Scott
Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection
The [Delta] Conservancy, a state agency that oversees
environmental and economic opportunities in the Delta, recently
won approval from the American Carbon Registry for a new carbon
banking methodology. This means wetland restoration in the
Delta (and other coastal areas of the state) can now generate
money by selling greenhouse gas credits to
John Duarte spent five years fighting the Obama
administration’s Justice Department over charges that he broke
environmental laws by harming wetlands while planting a wheat
crop on his Northern California farm. He lost his case, and
faces a $2.8 million fine.
A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8
million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field
and plant wheat in Tehama County. … Because the property has
numerous swales and wetlands, [John] Duarte hired a consulting
firm to map out areas on the property that were not to be
plowed because they were part of the drainage for Coyote and
Oat creeks and were considered “waters of the United States.”
Machine Gun Flats Lake sits placidly in a natural depression on
what was once an Army training area. It is one of about 45
vernal pools on Bureau of Land Management land on Fort Ord,
teeming with life after an exceptionally wet rainy season, and
a welcome sight after years of drought.
After years of delays, California’s plans for the shrinking
Salton Sea are finally starting to take shape. A $383 million
plan released by the state’s Natural Resources Agency on
Thursday lays out a schedule for building thousands of acres of
ponds and wetlands that will cover up stretches of dusty
lakebed and create habitat for birds as the lake recedes.
The Trump administration could eliminate all federal funding
for wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay, according to a
budget plan that has shocked local and state officials, but is
just one piece of broad changes to federal environmental
Most of the time, motorists driving on Interstate 80 between
Davis and here [Sacramento] look out on vast tracts of farms
and wetlands. But over the last two weeks, something remarkable
has happened in what is known as the Yolo Bypass.
In a move that critics say could increase costs and delay
projects, a low-profile government agency responsible for
handing out $500 million to restore San Francisco Bay’s
wetlands and improve flood control has ruled that most
of the construction contracts must be awarded to union
As vital as the Colorado River is to the United States and
Mexico, so is the ongoing process by which the two countries
develop unique agreements to better manage the river and balance
future competing needs.
The prospect is challenging. The river is over allocated as urban
areas and farmers seek to stretch every drop of their respective
supplies. Since a historic treaty between the two countries was
signed in 1944, the United States and Mexico have periodically
added a series of arrangements to the treaty called minutes that
aim to strengthen the binational ties while addressing important
water supply, water quality and environmental concerns.
The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture — celebrating its 20th
anniversary this year — has helped coordinate and complete more
than 150 wetland habitat projects, conserving and restoring
about 75,000 acres of habitat in and around the bay since 1996.
Thousands of acres of land around the San Francisco Bay will be
returned to wetlands after voters in the nine-county Bay Area
approved a new $12-per-parcel tax that will raise millions of
dollars for bay enhancement and habitat restoration.
On May 31, the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., 578 U.S. ____ (2016) (Hawkes),
unanimously upheld the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling
on the ability to appeal an approved “jurisdictional
determination” (JD) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the
The Bay Area’s first-ever nine-county ballot measure — a
20-year parcel tax intended to raise $500 million for marsh
restoration and improved public access along the bay’s
shoreline — was leading comfortably early Wednesday, with its
strongest support from the most populous counties.
As birds sing and lizards scuttle in the lush vegetation of the
Tijuana River Valley, helicopters circle overhead, and Border
Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles comb the area looking to
stop illegal border-crossers.
A state water agency has proposed one of its largest fines
ever — $4.6 million — against a Bay Area man for
allegedly damaging an island by transforming
it into a luxury sporting enclave for Silicon Valley
A two-year Delta fight came to a head Tuesday as a state water
agency proposed a $4.6 million fine — its largest ever — and
cleanup order against a Pittsburg resident who owns a small
island in the Suisun Marsh.
A 59-year-old South Bay man was charged with illegally dumping
fill material, construction debris and other pollutants into
the waters of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National
Wildlife Refuge, officials said.
The federal government plans to spend $3 million this year
constructing a new wetland along the Alamo River in order to
rehabilitate habitats and help clean up some of the polluted
water flowing into the Salton Sea.
The Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in a social
media campaign intended to generate public support for a
controversial rule to protect small streams and wetlands from
development and pollution, congressional auditors said Monday.
The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in “covert
propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social
media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule
intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface
waters, congressional auditors have concluded.
This is Bean Meadow in Mariposa County in the Sierra Nevada
foothills. The [Sierra Foothill] Conservancy has embarked on a
project to return 39 acres back to what it once was, before
people built roads and ditches and turned it into ranchland in
the 19th century.
After 10 years of planning and three years of site preparation,
it took less than a minute Sunday for workers to scrape a hole
in a levee and begin the renewal of 1,000 acres of former North
In a clear sign that the largest wetlands restoration project
on the West Coast is already improving the health of San
Francisco Bay, bird populations have doubled over the past 13
years on thousands acres of former industrial salt-evaporation
ponds that ring the bay’s southern shoreline, scientists
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama
administration rule that attempts to clarify which small
streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield
from pollution and development.
Two endangered species have returned to a nearly lifeless
former salt pond in the southern San Francisco Bay, the first
proof that the ambitious 30-year South Bay Salt Pond
Restoration Project is helping nature heal.
In the week that the new Waters of the United States Rule
(“WOTUS Rule”) was scheduled to take effect on August 28, 2015,
three Federal District Courts issued rulings reaching opposite
conclusions on the question of whether District Courts have
jurisdiction to hear these cases: one court ruled it has
jurisdiction and took the additional step of issuing a
preliminary injunction against the rule; two courts dismissed
challenges for lack of jurisdiction. Several other
challenges remain pending in both Federal District Courts and
Courts of Appeal.
A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the
scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration
rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over
some smaller waterways.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward
with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries
and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure
in 13 central and Western states.
A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama
administration rule that would give the federal government
jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it
was set to go into effect.
Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday
challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal
agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and
wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Efforts are underway in Congress to redo and sharply limit the
impact of what was known initially as the “Waters of the United
States” rule and was designed to help federal officials clarify
and simplify which bodies of water fall under the control of
the Clean Water Act, the pivotal 1972 environmental law.
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized a long-debated clean
water rule to limit pollution in a variety of streams,
tributaries, and wetlands. … Not surprisingly, the new rule
has triggered a national political firestorm …
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved
legislation Wednesday that would force the Environmental
Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to
withdraw and rewrite rules issued in May that clarify which of
those smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean
New federal rules designed to better protect small streams,
tributaries and wetlands – and the drinking water of 117
million Americans – are being criticized by Republicans and
farm groups as going too far.
Marshes that rest along bayside Marin could protect communities
from storms, flooding, erosion and sea-level rise, according to
a new NOAA study. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration study looked at different reports addressing how
natural processes protect shorelines — which it turns out they
do quite well.
Interest in the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, also known as the
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, is so brisk that the Yolo Basin
Foundation has had to turn away schools that seek to introduce
students to the environmental value of the more than
Los Angeles River activists, heartened by the momentum behind
revitalization of upstream sections of the waterway, asked
water officials on Thursday to return the downstream portion to
a more natural state by halting removal of vegetation on the
last 11/2 miles of the river.
In a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to
take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s
environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top
environmental officials they should scrap what was once a
fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered
a body of water by federal law.
One hundred ducks who couldn’t wait for the humans to stop
talking flew into their new paradise Tuesday in Solano County.
… The Cullinan Ranch wetland is a small piece of a
federal project to restore 100,000 acres of public bay land
over the next 20 years, from the former farmlands of the North
Bay to the former salt ponds near San Jose.
A binational effort aimed at reviving parched wetlands in the
Colorado River Delta in Mexico through special deliveries of
water has met with initial success, according to a report
released Wednesday. … The water deliveries aimed at restoring
some of the delta’s last remaining wetlands were outlined under
a wide-ranging five-year binational agreement reached in 2012
and known as Minute 319.
The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve stretches from
Westchester to the marina, 640 acres of precious and precarious
wildlife habitat that over the years has survived the dumping
of soil from nearby construction, trampling, littering and
other indignities of urban encroachment.
When a marsh comes to life at dawn’s first light, not many
people understand the magical sensations to be felt. … As the
morning glow takes over the marsh, the birds start to fly …
You can hear the calls from miles away.
Great horned owls hang out at the San Luis National Wildlife
Refuge. … But this year, predators may be the least of the
worries for these birds. Starvation, avian cholera and botulism
may be bigger killers than usual. It’s another dark twist from
California’s destructive drought.
This 28-page report describes the watersheds of the Sierra Nevada
region and details their importance to California’s overall water
picture. It describes the region’s issues and challenges,
including healthy forests, catastrophic fire, recreational
impacts, climate change, development and land use.
The report also discusses the importance of protecting and
restoring watersheds in order to retain water quality and enhance
quantity. Examples and case studies are included.
This 30-minute documentary, produced in 2011, explores the past,
present and future of flood management in California’s Central
Valley. It features stories from residents who have experienced
the devastating effects of a California flood firsthand.
Interviews with long-time Central Valley water experts from
California Department of Water Resources (FloodSAFE), U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Central Valley Flood
Management Program and environmental groups are featured as they
discuss current efforts to improve the state’s 150-year old flood
protection system and develop a sustainable, integrated, holistic
flood management plan for the Central Valley.
This 25-minute documentary-style DVD, developed in partnership
with the California Department of Water Resources, provides an
excellent overview of climate change and how it is already
affecting California. The DVD also explains what scientists
anticipate in the future related to sea level rise and
precipitation/runoff changes and explores the efforts that are
underway to plan and adapt to climate.
15-minute DVD that graphically portrays the potential disaster
should a major earthquake hit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“Delta Warning” depicts what would happen in the event of an
earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale: 30 levee breaks,
16 flooded islands and a 300 billion gallon intrusion of salt
water from the Bay – the “big gulp” – which would shut down the
State Water Project and Central Valley Project pumping plants.
Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is
today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the
fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically
important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system,
there have been some critical events that had a profound impact
on California’s water history. These turning points not only
forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives
of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a
historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped
the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with
background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.
This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, features
a map of the San Joaquin River. The map text focuses on the San
Joaquin River Restoration Program, which aims to restore flows
and populations of Chinook salmon to the river below Friant Dam
to its confluence with the Merced River. The text discusses the
history of the program, its goals and ongoing challenges with
This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, displays
the rivers, lakes and reservoirs, irrigated farmland, urban areas
and Indian reservations within the Klamath River Watershed. The
map text explains the many issues facing this vast,
15,000-square-mile watershed, including fish restoration;
agricultural water use; and wetlands. Also included are
descriptions of the separate, but linked, Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement,
and the next steps associated with those agreements. Development
of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
A companion to the Truckee River Basin Map poster, this 24×36
inch poster, suitable for framing, explores the Carson River, and
its link to the Truckee River. The map includes Lahontan Dam and
Reservoir, the Carson Sink, and the farming areas in the basin.
Map text discusses the region’s hydrology and geography, the
Newlands Project, land and water use within the basin and
wetlands. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region, Lahontan Basin
This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how
non-native invasive animals can alter the natural ecosystem,
leading to the demise of native animals. “Unwelcome Visitors”
features photos and information on four such species – including
the zerbra mussel – and explains the environmental and economic
threats posed by these species.
The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Delta explores the competing
uses and demands on California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Included in the guide are sections on the history of the Delta,
its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex issues
with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural
drainage, fish and wildlife, and water distribution.
The Pacific Flyway is one of four
major North American migration routes for birds, especially
waterfowl, and extends from Alaska and Canada, through
California, to Mexico and South America. Each year, birds follow
ancestral patterns as they travel the flyway on their annual
north-south migration. Along the way, they need stopover sites
such as wetlands with suitable habitat and food supplies. In
California, 90 percent of historic wetlands have been lost.
This printed issue of Western Water examines how the various
stakeholders have begun working together to meet the planning
challenges for the Colorado River Basin, including agreements
with Mexico, increased use of conservation and water marketing,
and the goal of accomplishing binational environmental
restoration and water-sharing programs.
This printed issue of Western Water examines the issues
associated with the State Water Board’s proposed revision of the
water quality Bay-Delta Plan, most notably the question of
whether additional flows are needed for the system, and how they
might be provided.
This printed copy of Western Water examines the Colorado River
Delta, its ecological significance and the lengths to which
international, state and local efforts are targeted and achieving
environmental restoration while recognizing the needs of the
entire river’s many users.