With the darkness of the water fill you are using white type in those two lakes should work well.
The first thing that caught my eye was the state border at an angle, and the opposite angle you usually see it at when it is twisted on a map. I realize that you are probably using a projection that has it's standard meridian out in the center of the state, and that you may want to keep a consistent projection through the whole series of maps but that twisted north orientation just hit me. I'd consider normalizing each of the maps as you go along. (Sure, easy for me to say, I'm not the one that gets to tweak each of them.)
Sorry to hear that the budget impasse is affecting you. I think it's time we took the California legislature and Governor out and not only stopped paying them but locked them all up in jail until they actually did the job they were elected to do.
The projection is NAD 83 UTM (zone 10). It's the native projection of the SRWP data, not that I can't just re-project it in MAPub. My real limitation is Natural Scene Designer, Which also exports in NAD 83 UTM. I went cheap and bought the version that does not re-project, I may upgrade later if it's a issue. Looking over the maps of the watershed as a whole I don't think it will mater much.
Of course I'm not getting paid for any of the work I'm doing right now and thats another reason not to make any big changes! If you'd have asked me last year if I thought the morons in Sacramento not passing the budget on time (as happens every budget) would affect me directly I would have said "never". Never say never.
Anyway, I made some changes to the. K/O type for big lakes and increased the main fill transparency. Much better I think, thanks all.