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Aquafornia’s wellspring: Chris Austin

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 2, 2010

Anyone who seriously follows California water issues knows that the Water Education Foundation’s Aquafornia blog is a leading source for “all water news pertaining to California, including climate change, Colorado River basin issues, some Nevada water news, desalination, stormwater issues, press releases, commentaries, information from elected officials and some publicity on events.”

Chris Austin, Aqua Blog Maven, is the tireless heart and soul of the blog.
She diligently finds, compiles, and presents a comprehensive view of California water news stories on a daily basis, writes virtually all the articles for the blog’s Information Desk, produces photo essays (one of her favorite activities), and more.

Chris also has a personal website, Maven’s Manor, where she is accumulating her work on water and other topics (like electricity), and sharing articles & slideshows from her travels up and down the state.

So far there’s a section of articles and slideshows on California’s Water, a “visual primer” on electricity, slideshows from Eastern California including Death Valley and the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and a link to her Maven’s Photoblog. A new project she’s working on is to tell the history of the Imperial Valley and the formation of the Salton Sea in pictures. There’s just a placeholder for that project for now, but Chris intends to cover the water & restoration issues, history, geothermal power, agriculture, and more. She’s been collecting historical photos and facts for several months now and is planning another visit to the area in January for more pictures, tours, and research.

If you aren’t already a Maven’s Manor visitor, I think you’ll enjoy having it on your list of stops.


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