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Chris Austin does Imperial Valley water with style

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 18, 2011

Chris Austin, the tireless maven for the well-known Aquafornia California water news service from the Water Education Foundation has just completed a new slideshow: From Imperial Valley to the Salton Sea: The Story of Imperial Valley’s Water.

Chris decided about a year ago to embark on a project to tell a history of the Imperial Valley and the formation of the Salton Sea in pictures.

This educational and visually stimulating show is another phase in Chris’s ongoing effort. She has travelled to conduct interviews, do research, take photographs, write, edit, get input from members of the Imperial Irrigation District, the IV Cooperative Extension Service, the Salton Sea Authority, and more.

In addition to being of interest to the community that regularly follows California water issues, the show is likely to be useful for others like college professors teaching water resources engineering and other such courses. There’s a good bibliography of resources at the end, too.

Be sure to visit her Maven’s Manor blog that contains a variety of articles and slideshows on California’s Water and other topics, and her Maven’s Photoblog which is filled with wonderful pictures and stories.

I’m embedding Chris’s slideshow below with her permission; I encourage you to switch to full-screen for best effect.



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A day at the Salton Sea; a visit to Feather River Canyon

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 6, 2011

Chris Austin has some photographs she took during trips she made to Northern California and the Imperial Valley and is now sharing them on her Maven’s Photoblog (Chris is the Aqua Blog Maven for the Water Education Foundation’s Aquafornia California water news website).

Chris has been working on a history of the Imperial Valley that will include a technical presentation on the Imperial Dam, a look at geothermal power and agriculture in Imperial Valley, and a study of the Salton Sea. I guess we can consider these Salton Sea photos a teaser for her project.

Up north, Chris drove Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon which is considered one of the most scenic driving routes in the state. The Feather River rises in four forks that drain the upper basin and join together at Lake Oroville Reservoir. Here in SoCal we know Oroville as a major source of the water we receive via the California Aqueduct.

I think you’ll enjoy seeing the photographs. Just click on the picture below to connect to the whole series. After you view the pictures you might also like to see Chris’s Maven’s Manor, her personal blog that contains a selection 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.


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