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Bureau of Reclamation: "Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs and is the largest wholesaler of water in the United States."


California Department of Water Resources: The official State of California website for finding important information on the State's water resources including documents on water supplies, water quality, groundwater, dam levels, electric power and energy supplies, climate change and land use planning. This site also provides information on the State Water Project, and the Water Plan Update.


California Watershed Portal: Provides the search tools to locate local information on watershed planning, restoration, monitoring, and education via the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System.


Dam Projects: The American Rivers website provides a list of sixty dams that were removed in 2010. The site also covers other dam removals and the most endangered rivers in California.


Division of Safety of Dams: Information in this section relating to Dams under State jurisdiction was obtained from applications and plans submitted by owners, surveys, supplementary information acquired during inspections and special studies. This section also includes information on Federal dams and reservoirs within the State of California that are not under State jurisdiction.


EcoEarth Info: This environmental science portal consists of the following sections: EcoEarth, Climate Ark, Rain Forests, Water Conserve, Forests, Ocean Conserve, and EcoEarth. "Ecological Internet's mission is to empower the global movement for environmental sustainability by providing information retrieval tools, portal services, expert analysis and action opportunities that aid in the protection of climate, forest, ocean and water ecosystems; and to commence the age of ecological sustainability and restoration."


Groundwater Biology:  A list of recommended websites researched by Giuseppe L. Pesce, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila, Italy.


Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."


American River Conservancy: "Headquartered at the historic Kane House in Marshall Gold Discovery Park, in Coloma, California, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land for over 20 years. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care, building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. The Nature Center is conveniently located next to the South Fork of the American River and a brief stroll away from where the Gold Rush began and where over 400,000 visitors and more than 70,000 school children visit annually."


American River Flood Control District: "The American River Flood Control District has been providing flood protection to the citizens of the Sacramento community for over 75 years. Formed by an act of the State Legislature in 1927 our mission is to protect the citizens in our District by maintaining the 40 miles of levees along the American River and portions of Steelhead, Arcade, Dry and Magpie Creeks."


American Rivers: An organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™.


California Drought:  Information about California's drought, provided by the California Water Science Center and the USGS. As of April 1, 2014, the California Department of Water Resources measured the statewide water content of snowpack at only 32% of the average historical April 1 snowpack measurement - crucial because this is when the snowpack is normally at its peak and begins to melt into streams and reservoirs.


Central Valley Project: Managed by the Bureau of Reclamation, the CVP is one of the Nation`s major water conservation developments and extends from the Cascade Range in the north to the semi-arid but fertile plains along the Kern River in the south.


Dam Safety: Information regarding the supervision of dams is provided here by the Department of Water Resources to better serve the public, dam owners and applicants – links to information are located on the left side of this web page. Information regarding the technical aspects of dams is provided on the right side of the page.


Division of Hydrologic Sciences: The mission of the DHS of the Desert Research Institute is to improve society’s fundamental knowledge and understanding of hydrologic systems and to encourage more effective and efficient management of water resources.


El Dorado Irrigation District: "EID is a water utility serving nearly 110,000 residents in northern California’s El Dorado County. In addition, EID owns and manages several outdoor recreation sites, including Sly Park Recreation Area near Pollock Pines and a 42-unit campground at Silver Lake."


Folsom Dam: History, resources and information about Folsom Dam and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.


Folsom Dam Construction: Provided by the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this page provides history, Fact Sheets, photos and links about the Folsom Dam and it's ongoing construction.


Hydropower: In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must seek new licenses. American Rivers has been a national leader in taking advantage of this “relicensing” process to rehabilitate rivers by restoring salmon runs, improving stream water levels, improving recreation opportunities and protecting watershed lands. 


Lake Tahoe Environment: Full-text publications regarding Lake Tahoe and it's environment privided by the the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. A branch of the UCDavis John Muir Institute of the Environment (http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu), the Center is committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.


Lake Tahoe Nearshore Water: The Desert Research Institute investigates water clarity of the Lake Tahoe Nearshore using a variety of sensors that measure turbidity, light attenuation, and relative chlorophyll. Measurements are currently collected aboard a buoy near Incline Village, NV and from the Desert Research Institute's research vessel the Mt. Rose.


Sacramento Regional Flood Control Agency: "The SAFCA was formed in 1989 to address the Sacramento area's vulnerability to catastrophic flooding. This vulnerability was exposed during the record flood of 1986 when Folsom Dam exceeded its normal flood control storage capacity and several area levees nearly collapsed under the strain of the storm."


USGS Library: This site provides USGS reports on the earth sciences. The four USGS libraries contain collections of scientific materials in the earth sciences." The U.S. Geological Survey Library is now the largest library for earth sciences in the world. The Libraries Program includes four central libraries and is part of Core Science Systems within the USGS."


Water Encyclopedia: This site contains articles about key topics in Water Science, including the ability to search for specific topics.


Water Resources Reports: The water resource's page on the USGS site collects and disseminates reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources. Most publications located at this site can be located by subject, author, date, or USGS series number by using the reports and thematic maps electronically.


Waterlife: "A co-production between the National Film board of Canada and Primitive Entertainment, Inc. and directed by Kevin McMahon, this film tells the epic story of the Great Lakes through the lives of some of the 35 million people who rely on the lakes for survival." The film takes a few moments to load.


Western Water Assessment: The WWA utilizes multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, water, law, and economics to provide information about natural climate variability and human-caused climate change. The Assessment was created in 1999 and is a joint effort between the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory.


Western Water Magazine: Western Water is the journal of the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit organization, who's mission is to create a better understanding of water resources and foster public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach.