Thursday, April 26, 2012

May is Water Awareness Month in California

From the California Department of Water Resources:

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) urges Californians to observe "Water Awareness Month" in May.

"Water is a vital necessity for California's people, wildlife, ecosystems and economy," stated DWR Director Mark Cowin.

Water Awareness Month originated as a joint effort of DWR and the Association of  California Water Agencies (ACWA) during California's 1987-1992 drought to  educate the public about water use efficiency and conservation.

Today, ACWA and DWR sponsor the "Save Our Water" campaign, a continuing 
effort to promote water use efficiency. Created by a 2009 gubernatorial drought  declaration, the program educates Californians about easy ways to conserve water, indoors and outdoors. Conservation tips can be found on the campaigns Website at

During May, water agencies throughout California conduct outreach and public 
education events to deliver the message: "Use Water Wisely." DWR will participate in the following events:

  • May 5 and 6: Elk Grove Western Festival, Elk Grove Park. Promotion of State Water Project (SWP) recreation and invasive species awareness.
  • May 12: Feather Fiesta Days in Oroville. This event promotes SWP recreational opportunities, water safety and invasive species awareness, focusing on the SWP's Lake Oroville, contained by the tallest dam in the nation.
  • May 19: Jack Splash/Oroville YMCA Kids Fit-N-Fun Day at Lake Oroville's North 
  • Forebay. This event puts priority on physical fitness for youngsters, and promotes SWP recreation, education, safety and invasive species awareness.
  • May 19: Kids Fishing and Fun Day at San Luis Reservoir (Merced County). This is the 23rd annual Kids Fishing and Fun Day, hosted by DWR and California State Parks staff and volunteers. The program provides free fishing for children ages 3 to 15. Venue is San Luis Creek at O'Neill Forebay, near San Luis Reservoir, largest off-stream reservoir in the United States. The only cost is a $10 per car State Park Day Use Fee. To attend the 10 a.m.  event, take the San Luis Creek turnoff from State Highway 152, seven miles West of Interstate 5. For more information, call Jennifer Morgan or Howard Berman at (209) 827-5353.

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