Water Summit Panel to Address State Plan Aimed at Increasing Freshwater Flows into Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus joins environmental, agricultural and water user stakeholders to discuss challenges and solutions
Controversial flow requirements for the lower San Joaquin River designed to meet ecological needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be among the topics addressed during the Water Education Foundation’s Sept. 20 Water Summit in Sacramento.
The Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit, Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta, will feature panels on the Delta, the Sierra Nevada headwaters and the state’s human right to water law. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will be the keynote speaker at lunch.
Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, will join Jennifer Pierre, general manager of the State Water Contractors, Steve Rothert, California regional director for American Rivers, and Roger Cornwell, general manager of River Garden Farms in Knights Landing to discuss the Delta’s myriad challenges, what’s at stake and spotlight some approaches that could help. The panel is titled, All Rivers Lead to the Delta – Finding Consensus and Solutions to Help California’s Largest Estuary.
The State Water Board is in the midst of updating flow requirements for the rivers that feed the Delta, an effort aimed at saving salmon and other fish and addressing water quality in the Delta and the San Francisco Bay. Last week, the board released the first phase of that effort, a final draft plan to increase water flows through the lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries, the Stanislaus, Merced and Tuolumne rivers. Farm groups said the plan went too far, fishery groups said it didn’t go far enough. The board is expected later this year to release a draft plan for the Sacramento River and other tributaries that feed the Delta.
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