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Madera County Water Issues

OAKHURST – It’s nearly impossible to have escaped the news of Calfornia’s drought, particularly in a region with unbreakable ties to the results of snowpack and rainfall. With a barrage of media regularly reporting on the issues faced by the state in general, and our area in particular, concerns mount and questions arise.

Now, answers to some of those questions about drought in the foothills will be answered by an expert on the area watershed, at the Oakhurst Library Community Room, on Saturday, June 21.

Jeannie Habben is the Watershed Coordinator for Madera County, working with the local Resource Conservation Districts on projects and education in the Fresno and Chowchilla Rivers’ Watersheds. Habben’s presentation this Saturday will run from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

The term “watershed” refers to an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins or seas. Oakhurst and surrounding areas fall into the Upper Fresno River Watershed Portal. For more information on the watershed and its subwatersheds, refer to the map provided online.

Habben’s talk will help explain the current drought conditions in the regional watershed, and detail where the water comes from. Also on the agenda are suggestions for what individuals can do to stretch water resources during the drought, and information on agencies to contact with water issues.

For more information, visit the website: Fresno River Watershed

Oakhurst Branch of the Madera County Library

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