Flow deal: Peace treaty or Trojan horse?
Promising up to 825,000 acre-feet a year of new water to protect endangered fish and thousands of acres of habitat improvements, the Newsom administration and others hailed the March announcement of a proposed voluntary agreement on Bay-Delta flows as the beginning of the end of California’s water wars, and a boon to the Bay-Delta ecosystem. … Bay-Delta environmental advocates are skeptical at best. The proposal is light on details, and includes a lot of red flags, they say, starting with that 825,000 acre-feet of new flows. … [I]n both wet years and critically dry years — which account for 47% of years — the agreement only claims to provide around 150,000 acre-feet for fish.