Friday Top of the Scroll: State takes action on water exports from the Delta
Construction of a temporary salinity barrier on the False River is underway after an emergency request by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) was approved by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The barrier, necessitated by worsening drought conditions, is intended to help preserve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by reducing saltwater intrusion. The declaration of a drought emergency made by Gov. Gavin Newsom on May 10 suspended the requirement that a project of this nature complete a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) assessment.
- California Department of Water Resources news release: Construction Begins on Emergency Drought Barrier in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
- Western Farm Press: Agencies escalate drought measures as hot summer looms