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This page contains links to other sites that may be of interest to those visiting the Borrego Water Underground site. Some of the organizations represented here are actively and directly involved in working to save the Borrego Valley aquifer. Some others lend support indirectly. If you know of sites that should be included - especially if the organization sponsoring the site might support in some way efforts to save our aquifer - please let us know. Hey Digger!

Aquafornia is dedicated to providing news and information about water issues, and in particular, to those issues which will affect Southern California’s water supply. Residents of Southern California are profoundly disconnected from water supply issues. Its intent is to educate southern Californians on the important issues affecting their water supply. Aquafornia seeks to be an objective source of information and awareness, and is not affiliated with any organization, business, corporation or environmental group.

Borrego Farm Corner is a blog run by Reuben Ellis, absentee co-owner of a wholesale ornamental tree farm in Borrego Springs, CA. It claims to be: “Dedicated to informing the public about the role agriculture plays in American life, beginning with Borrego Springs, California.” In fact, it is an unsophisticated propaganda instrument for agribusinesses in the Borrego valley dedicated to making these rapacious corporate entities look like mom and pop family farms and misleading the public about their hugely significant role in overdrafting the Borrego valley aquifer. It may have been taken down. If so, good riddance.

California Dept. of Water Resources (DWR), among other things, assists local water districts in water management and conservation activities and plans for future statewide water needs.  Through its Southern District Office, the DWR has been active in assessing the Borrego Valley Basin and has provided a grant to the Borrego Water District to build two new monitoring wells in the north (agricultural) end of the valley to supplement existing data about the aquifer.

Common Assets are the invaluable assets we inherit as a community, rather than as individuals. Some (including water) are physical, others are social and man-made. In most cases, no one is managing these assets on behalf of future generations. In most cases, our common ownership of and common responsibility for) these assets is not legally recognized. Common Assets brings local, regional and national movements together to activate the American public to defend the commons from misuse, privatization and destruction.

EarthJustice is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. They bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds organizations and communities. When it comes to protecting the environment, nothing beats the power of law. And no one is better at using it than EarthJustice.

Endangered Habitats League (EHL) The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants.

On the Commons explores activism on behalf of the commons in all its variety. One of the great problems of our time is the enclosure of the commons by market forces, often with the support of government.  On the Commons explores the value of diverse commons, probes their distinctive dynamics and re-invents mechanisms to strengthen them.Tragedy of the Commons

Planning and Conservation League (PCL)  The Planning and Conservation League is a statewide, nonprofit lobbying organization; an alliance of individuals and conservation organizations united to protect California's environment through legislative and administrative action.

Sustainable Water Systems: A Primer for Water Utility Decision Makers is published by Common Assets (see above) and intended to provide public utility decision makers with a framework for addressing the profound challenges facing community water systems. The first chapter discusses the seven main challenges facing America’s community water systems. The second chapter provides five basic understandings of water and water systems that must frame any long-term stewardship effort. The third section lays out the five strategic steps to guide commissioners’ sustainability and stewardship agenda.

Tides Foundation works to put resources and people together and create a positive impact on people's lives in ways that honor and promote human rights, justice, and a healthy, sustainable environment.  Tides Foundation has awarded over $300 million in grants to nonprofits working for social change in the U.S. and abroad.  One of these grants was awarded to the Save Our Aquifer Coalition to publicize the plight of the Borrego Valley aquifer.

Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN) is a not-for-profit agency, the mission of which is to educate and protect San Diego County consumers in the areas of essential energy, utility, and telecommunications services.

Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHMNET) believes that crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as the human population become less dense. Proponents of this theory advocate phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed as a means of allowing Earth's biosphere to return to good health.

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