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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 Coast and Coastal Management Topics: Multiple links to sites about the California Coast and Coastal Management, organized by subject and region. Provided by the California Coastal Commission.


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.


Earth and Ocean Sciences, Science.gov: A portal and search engine to locate sites covering the severity of global ecological crises and ecological sustainability.


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."


International Tsunami Information Centre: "ITIC maintains and develops relationships with scientific research and academic organizations, civil defense agencies, and the general public in order to carry out its mission to mitigate the hazards associated with tsunamis by improving tsunami preparedness for all Pacific Ocean nations."


Ocean Co2: This site is under the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Science Division. The site provides data on global coastal programs, waves research, and global ocean surface data related to carbon dioxide analysis.


Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office: "The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) or "NOAA Research" works in partnership with other organizational units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Research provides better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally and globally."



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 Coastal Commission: Established in 1972, the Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone by protecting, conserving, restoring, and enhancing environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean. Publications, data and maps, many in PDF format, are available from this site.


California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations: "CalCOFI are a unique partnership of the California Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Fisheries Service and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The organization was formed in 1949 to study the ecological aspects of the sardine population collapse off California. Current focus has shifted to the study of the marine environment off the coast of California, the management of its living resources, and monitoring the indicators of El Nino and climate change."


Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System: CeNCOOS observes the ocean using various physical, biological and chemical sensing technologies to add to our knowledge of changing ocean conditions and to enhance coastal management, allowing for more informed decision-making. The geographic extent of CeNCOOS includes from Point Conception north to the California-Oregon border and from the coastline out to 200 nautical miles, including bays and estuaries in this region.


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.


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. 


Institute of Fisheries Resources: Established in 1993 by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the IFR is a non-profit organization with headquarters in San Francisco, California and is responsible for carrying out the fishery research and conservation needs of working fishing men and women. The alliances page provides links to fishing conservation organizations.


Institute for Marine Remote Sensing: The IMaRS at the University of South Florida focuses on the analysis of digital data obtained by satellite and airborne sources, and on the development of applications of these data at local, regional, and global scales.


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.


Mariana Islands: "The Mariana Islands are a classic example of an island arc, a curved line of stratovolcanoes that rise up from the ocean floor." The information on this page is provided by the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University.


MarineBio: This research site covers all aspects of marine biology and ocean life including a comprehensive study the deep sea.


Marine Realms Information Bank: "The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides three digital libraries for coastal and marine science to serve the needs of a diverse audience-scientists, public servants, educators, and the public."


National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library: "This site contains a comprehensive collection of video clips and high-resolution still images from 14 sanctuaries, available for viewing and download. Sponsored by the National Marine Sactuaries Foundation and NOAA.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun. The site is particularly useful for climate and weather information." The photo album is a great feature of this website.


Ocean Explorer: "This site is designed to provide the public with information on NOAA's ocean exploration activities, especially those being undertaken as part of NOAA's new ocean exploration initiative. It is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce."


Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations:" For almost a quarter of a century, the PCFFA has supported efforts to conserve and recover fish populations, to protect and restore fish habitats and ecosystems, to foster individual and family-owned fishing businesses, to preserve fishing communities, and to assure consumers access to healthy, locally-harvested seafood."


Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center: "The PO.DAAC  is an element of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) and is the data collection center for measurements focused on ocean surface topography (OST), sea surface temperature (SST), ocean winds, sea surface salinity (SSS), gravity, ocean circulation and sea ice."


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."


SeaWeb: This site features information, programs and resources focusing on the major threats to the ocean: overfishing and destructive fishing practices; pollution, uncontrolled coastal development, introduction of invasive species, damming of rivers, destruction of the ozone layer, and global climate change.


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.