It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to Maven’s Notebook for 2018!

Dear readers,

Hard to believe, but 2018 is almost over… and if there’s one thing that stands out, it’s that *water* is even more contentious today than even a year ago.

Why? Well, the recent California wildfires have focused everyone’s attention on the fact that California is drying out… water is becoming more scarce–from global warming. to the overuse of groundwater, and every possible reason in between. Yet the demands of agriculture, industry, and private citizens continue to grow.

That means keeping up to date on California water issues will be even more daunting in 2019 than today. And here’s the thing…

If you had to go out and keep track of all the publications and websites to find the critical water news you need, you’d never have time to get your job done.

The good news is, you can continue to turn to the award-winning Maven’s Notebook to stay up to date efficiently—in 10 or 20 minutes a day.

Maven’s Notebook is the only online resource dedicated to providing day-by-day (sometimes hour by hour) updates and unbiased reporting on every aspect of California water. 

You can count on us to cover hot topics like the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, California WaterFix, and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. And we also bring you less high-profile (but just as critical) reports on California legislative oversight hearings plus science news that spans topics as diverse as the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, the fate of the Pacific lamprey, to restoring side channels for salmon…and so much more.

All the while, Maven’s Notebook is refreshingly non-partisan. We don’t advocate any issue. Instead, we are an independent broker of reliable information. The result is facts that will inform your work, expand your knowledge, and shift your perspective.

We Need Your Support

Readers are often surprised to hear that our work is not funded by grants or an endowment. Reader donations and organizational sponsorships have underwritten our deep dive into all aspects of California water since our beginning. Your tax-deductible support is critical for us to continue to provide breaking news and in-depth,  unbiased reporting on the water issues you care about. And it’s a win-win: you get the information you need quickly and easily. And we get to keep reporting “news you can use”.

A one-time donation of any size will help us keep our virtual doors open.

As a donor, you’ll receive our daily email updates and unlimited access to our new California Water Library website, an expertly-curated and constantly updated “reservoir” of the most authoritative documents, images and maps related to California water.

A monthly donation of $10 or more makes an even bigger impact.

And, as a monthly donor, you’ll get all the benefits outlined above.

Please make your tax-deductible donation today, before the new year begins. With the continued support of people like you, we can keep delivering the best, most comprehensive and unbiased information on California water issues.

Thank you for your support and for being a reader of Maven’s Notebook!

With warmest regards,


P.S. If you are part of a governmental agency, corporation, or not-for-profit organization, please consider starting or renewing your annual sponsorship You’ll receive recognition on the website and an organizational membership to Maven’s Weekly Water Blast and the California Water Library. Sponsorships are available at the $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000+ level, and are a critical piece of our annual funding.

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