Topic: Delta Issues

Overview

Delta Issues

The Delta has been embroiled in controversy about how to restore a faltering ecosystem while maintaining its role as the hub of the state’s water supply.

Issues include improving water system management, estuary health, conservation efforts to protect the endangered Delta smelt, levee fragility and the proposed twin tunnels, which will be put on a statewide ballot in the future.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary by Rep. John Garamendi: Water solution for California — ‘Little Sip, Big Gulp’

Don’t be fooled. The dreaded twin tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta did not die.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

Expert accuses state of spinning Delta quake threat (with video)

Just how real is the earthquake threat to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta? … KCRA 3’s investigative unit talked with experts on the issue and found very different viewpoints.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California builds emergency barrier in Delta to protect water supplies (with audio)

In a normal year, fresh water flowing from rivers into the Delta pushes back tidal ocean water. In this fourth year of drought, not enough water is flowing down river.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: A better alternative to Delta tunnels

The way we move water from Northern California to the south is the worst of all worlds. … California needs a better conveyance system – one that is reliable, protects the environment, can be used to supply more water and anticipates climate change.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Blog: As Delta smelt nears extinction, new concerns emerge over dredging

Hated by many, loved by few, the tiny Delta smelt has long been the symbol for California’s water wars and the struggle between the state’s environmentalists and farmers. 

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta receives temporary dam

California water managers, reacting to the state’s increasingly dire four-year-old drought, have taken an uncommon step to ensure the quality of the fresh water flowing through California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary that supplies drinking water to southern California communities and irrigation water to Central Valley farmers.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Fast growing water hyacinth chokes Central Valley waterways (with audio)

The Tuolumne River near Empire in Stanislaus County had a swath of hyacinth 300 yards long and 40 yards wide atop the water that cut off any boating.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Time to stop the tunnel vision

That the Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet the San Francisco Bay, is only vaguely understood in the state’s main population centers makes it easier to confuse people about the Delta’s value to the whole state and about the greatest threats to its future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A million hours and still not shovel-ready

Gov. Jerry Brown says critics of his water tunnel plan who haven’t spent 1 million hours studying it — as his administration has — should just shut up. Well, that bait is too tempting to resist.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Join the conversation: Why should the plan to build twin tunnels to transfer water from the Sacramento River to south of the Delta be put to a popular vote? … Wearing a sweater and no tie, the governor was at ease among the 1,000 or so Association of California Water Agencies conventioneers at the Sheraton last week as he gave one of his most direct pitches yet for his Delta plan.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

State begins Delta salinity barrier to protect water supplies in drought

The state has begun building an emergency salinity barrier in the Delta to keep seawater from fouling drinking water supplies for 25 million people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: If not this California Delta plan, then what?

In years of average rainfall, when pumps at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta lift water to two parallel aqueducts to begin the journey to Central Valley fields and Southern California households, the suction reverses the flow of the San Joaquin River, one of the state’s two main freshwater arteries.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Brown’s revised water project heavily criticized (with audio)

Governor Brown sold his plan to build two tunnels in the Delta with the promise that habitat would be restored.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmentalists criticize changes to California Delta plan

Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California’s delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s revised water tunnels plan adds political problems

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Giant tunnels planned for delta ‘must move forward,’ Brown says

As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New $17 billion Delta tunnels plan with less environmental restoration unveiled by Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled a new version of his besieged plan to build massive tunnels under the Delta, this time significantly reducing the project’s environmental restoration work.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown to revise plan for twin water tunnels in Delta

In a bid to reinvigorate his beleaguered, $25 billion twin-tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised water diversion plan Thursday, likely with reduced habitat restoration.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown set to unveil scaled-back Delta conservation plan

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce Thursday that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California’s water system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Controversial study to prioritize funding for Delta levees

Flooding may seem a distant threat at the moment, but that’s the subject of a meeting Monday as a state agency pushes forward with a study of which Delta levees should be first in line for future funding.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Little fish’s disappearance is a big problem

The little delta smelt is nearly extinct. You can almost hear the celebrations in the San Joaquin Valley from here.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from delta tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown needs new water strategy — no tunnels

California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Drought rescue: State to build rock dam across Delta slough

State water officials have decided to build one rather than three proposed rock dams in the Delta to block seawater from fouling drinking water for 25 million Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Barrier deployed in war on salt

For the first time since the drought of the late 1970s, state officials will fill a Delta channel with rocks to block saltwater from creeping farther inland later this year. The state Department of Water Resources considered building three such emergency barriers last year, but spring rains rendered them unnecessary.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Managing tough trade-offs in the Delta

One key source of conflict over the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is the competition over who gets to use the water. … New data from the 2014 water year illustrate the tough trade-offs California faces.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Delta smelt survey finds a single fish, heightening debate over water supply

There’s only one place left on Earth where imperiled Delta smelt are thriving, where their water remains cold and clean. In the wild, the fish is on the brink of extinction.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Delta’s water mysteriously missing amid drought

As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown confirms change in water tunnels plan (with video)

Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed Saturday that his administration has changed its permitting approach for his controversial plan to build a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

State water officials get permit to build drought barrier in Delta

While the project did not receive the same headlines as Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restriction announcement last week, the governor’s emergency order streamlined permitting and review of the emergency drought salinity barriers. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Emergency changes approved reducing river flows

State water officials have approved the latest plan to bypass Delta water-quality standards and “significantly reduce” river flows. The action will allow them to hold back more water in drought-ravished reservoirs.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta decisions must be made in the open

[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta flows may be diminished again

State and federal water agencies again are seeking permission to bypass water-quality rules in the Delta in order to hold back more water in upstream reservoirs while pumping a limited amount south from the estuary.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Where our hyacinth headache started

Someone asked me [Alex Breitler] on Twitter what the most viable plan is to attack water hyacinth.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

California urged to resolve Delta, water issues — fast

Pat Mulroy, the former leader of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, delivered a bluntly worded warning to attendees at the California Water Policy Conference in Claremont, saying the linkage between the Delta and much of the West is clear, “yet many here in California still don’t see the connection.”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Herbicide spraying begins to stop spread of water hyacinth (with audio)

Last year water hyacinth choked Delta marinas and waterways with huge clots of green.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hyacinth control to resume soon

It’s almost water hyacinth season again, not that last season ever really ended.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State water chief admits mistakes in management

The head of the watchdog agency overseeing California water said he was “mistaken” last year when he approved emergency actions that harmed threatened fish.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — Water not wasted to the sea

To many, the notion of water to the ocean is akin to water wasted. … But outside of improving habitat for native species, there are multiple indirect benefits derived from water currently running into the Delta. The most conspicuous is improved water quality.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: This just in … State Water Board orders more information from diverters claiming senior Delta water rights

Persons claiming senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed will be required to provide the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) detailed information on the water rights they claim and diversions associated with those rights under a new order issued by the State Water Board.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California parks, wildlife areas would benefit in Obama’s budget

There’s money for restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, likely to survive congressional winnowing. Proposed upgrades at places like Yosemite National Park will probably find Capitol Hill favor, as well, along with funding for Central Valley flood control and dam improvements.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: We must challenge the state’s water grab

The State Water Resources Control Board is telling some statistical whoppers as it tries to justify its impending water grab.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Pressure’s on to help Delta fish suffering amid drought

With populations of numerous endangered Delta fish species at alarming lows, officials in California are planning a number of steps to help them survive if 2015 proves to be a fourth drought year.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

LAO report looks at state’s goals in Delta

The report, “Achieving State Goals for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” examines past initiatives to address Delta problems, including the peripheral canal proposed in the 1980s and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program created in 1994. It also looks at current efforts such as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Delta Stewardship Council accepts Delta Levee Investment Issue Paper

The Delta Levee Investment Strategy project is an 18-month multi-agency effort led by the Delta Stewardship Council to update priorities for state investments in Delta levees.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

High court leaves Delta smelt protections in place

A Delta fish the length of your finger has declined to its lowest number on record, evidence that the estuary as a whole continues to suffer.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Brown’s spending plan helps battle Delta weeds

More greenbacks from the state could help tame the Delta’s green menace later this year, if Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget is ultimately approved.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Court upholds Delta protections

Rules protecting threatened salmon and steelhead were upheld Monday by an appeals court, a decision that may help the fragile Delta but also may crimp a portion of the state’s water supply.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Federal judge upholds restrictions on Delta water shipments

A federal appeals court Monday overruled objections by Central Valley farmers, water districts and a federal judge and upheld the government’s reduction of water shipments from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to protect salmon, steelhead trout and other species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal appeals court backs restrictions on Delta water deliveries

Ruling that water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is important not just for people but also for the fish that swim in it, a federal appeals court on Monday backed environmental restrictions on deliveries to urban Southern California and San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Editorial: Water weed words?

Goodness gracious, politicians and state officials are abuzz these days about the water hyacinth problem in the Delta waters around Stockton. … Which begs the questions: Where was this fervent reaction in 2013? And 2012? And 2011? And 2010?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Pumps dropped from Delta water tunnel plan

The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State Water Board appoints Michael George as new Delta watermaster

The State Water Resources Control Board announced yesterday that it has appointed Michael George to serve as the new Delta Watermaster. George, who is only the second Watermaster to be appointed since the position’s inception in 2009, will replace outgoing Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and serve a four-year term.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

As hyacinth clears out, focus turns to next year

Recent storms have mostly cleared Stockton waterways that were hijacked by hyacinth the past two months, but officials at a standing-room-only town hall meeting Monday said it’s important to stay focused on the future.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

State brings in equipment to control water weed

State officials said the weather is playing a role in ridding the delta of a stubborn water weed that has plagued Stockton’s Waterfront, but added that the state is also upping its efforts to finish off the pesky plant.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Public invited to learn about Delta water flows

A public workshop Tuesday in West Sacramento will help illuminate some of the complicated connections between freshwater flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and landscape conditions as far away as the Sierra Nevada crest.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: A restoration hub for the Delta — Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. … The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and analysis. intended to address the high levels of coordination and integration necessary to meet the challenges of designing and implementing multiple restoration projects.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Marina comes up with possible water hyacinth solution

The Village West Marina in Stockton recently came up with a possible solution to help weed out the growing water hyacinth problem, but the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department put an end to the plans for now, saying it breaks a harbor navigation code.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Delta science vision — Sustainable data integration for the Delta

In June of 2014, the Delta Science Program hosted an Environmental Data Summit, which brought together scientists, managers, and experts to discuss how to increase data and information sharing using new technologies.  A white paper will soon be released, which details the challenges, solutions, and strategies gathered from summit participants.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Feds, state may join the hyacinth fray

Don’t expect those water weeds to vanish tomorrow, but state and federal support seems to be growing for a long-term strategy to wage war against hyacinth.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Task force to control hyacinth in the Delta

Water hyacinth is clogging Delta waterways in a spurt of uncontrolled growth this year. A task force is looking for solutions to nip the weed in the bud in the spring.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton mayor floats an idea: Bring in manatees

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has asked state officials if Florida manatees could be imported to the Delta to graze on obnoxious water hyacinth.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Delta Stewardship Council Chair Randy Fiorini on Actionable Science in the Delta

As Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, Randy Fiorini heads the agency that is charged with developing and implementing a long term plan for the Delta that will achieve the coequal goals, and to do so through the use of best available science. At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference plenary session, Randy Fiorini outlined his vision for creating a winning team between the Delta science community and policy makers that can work together to address the problems facing the Bay-Delta.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Terraforming California 2.0 — Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger on collaborating and cooperating in the Delta

Prior to joining the USGS last year, Dr. [Anke] Mueller-Solger was the Interagency Ecological Program Lead Scientist for six years. In this second speech from the plenary session of the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference, Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger talks about the changing state of California, new approaches to resolving scientific uncertainties in the estuary, and how scientists and policy makers can work together better through collaboration and cooperation.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Deputy Secretary Michael Connor opens Bay Delta Science Conference

The 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, held October 28 through 30th, 2014 in Sacramento, brought together over 1000 scientists, managers and policymakers to hear the latest research, understanding and ideas about the complex Delta ecosystem. Click here for more coverage of the Bay Delta Science Conference. Over the upcoming weeks, Maven’s Notebook will be providing coverage of many of the sessions and presentations at this year’s conference. 

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Dr. Peter Goodwin — Six things the Delta science community has learned in the last two years

Since January of 2012, Dr. [Peter] Goodwin has served as the Lead Scientist for the Delta Science Program. In this third installment of speakers from the plenary session of the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference, Dr. Goodwin talks about how far the Delta science has since his appointment, listing six things the Delta science community has learned in the past two years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Cranes crowd Staten Island as other Valley habitat dries up

Every fall and winter at sunset, the sky above Staten Island fills with majestic sandhill cranes alighting in the fields. The sight is more spectacular than usual this year, as the number of cranes wintering on the island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has doubled over the same time in 2013.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Why the water bond must pass

Sometimes, people take identical facts and reach opposite conclusions. I don’t dispute the facts that Dr. Rob Santos, the veterinarian and Turlock Irrigation District board member, used when he wrote “Here’s why I can’t vote for Brown’s water bond” (Oct. 19, Issues & Ideas).

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

The Delta hardly a delta anymore

The Delta is no longer really a delta — or at least, it doesn’t function like one, scientists conclude in a new report. … The report by the San Francisco Estuary Institute, funded by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, is intended to help guide future habitat restoration efforts in the Delta.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Western Water Excerpts: ‘Finding the Right Balance — Managing Delta Salinity in Drought’

“In wet years, dry years and every type of water year in between, the daily intrusion and retreat of salinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a constant pattern.” The newest issue of Western Water magazine examines salinity in the San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary and critical juncture of the state’s water delivery system. Read more excerpts from this issue.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Blog: Why California’s largest estuary no longer works for wildlife

California’s historic drought has put the state’s water problems in the forefront this year and those problems aren’t likely to be solved when the clouds open up again. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the water system’s central hub — the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Vessel stopped by tangled mats of hyacinth

Tangled mats of water hyacinth delayed the arrival of an oceangoing ship at the Port of Stockton on Tuesday, further evidence that the exotic weed has potential to threaten business and commerce.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: New Western Water available

The newest issue of Western Water magazine examines salinity in the San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary and critical juncture of the state’s water delivery system. Written by the Foundation’s Gary Pitzer, the September/October issue discusses the how salinity during drought is affecting fish, wildlife and farms. … Read the excerpts from this issue.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Water hyacinth choking Delta is unacceptable

To John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency: The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster. The navigable part of the Calaveras River is completely filled in with the pest as are Buckley Cove, downtown Stockton harbor, Whiskey Slough, much of the San Joaquin River and many other areas — this is just a sampling.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Legislators seek help with hyacinth

With Stockton’s water hyacinth invasion seeming to only get worse, San Joaquin County legislators on Friday asked state officials to request a “sustained funding source” from the federal government to fight back against the prolific weeds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Prop. 1 would aid Delta habitat, fish and region

Restoring the ecological health of the Delta is critical to California’s water system. It’s also a prime reason why voters should approve Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

As algae problems recede, here comes hyacinth

For the second year in a row, despite state officials’ efforts to control water hyacinth with herbicides as early as March, another bumper crop is now making its annual fall push into Stockton and other portions of the Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Wardens last line of defense for state’s fish, wildlife

California’s roughly 375 game wardens, each of whom patrols on average more than 400 square miles, have been called the “thin green line.” They are all that stand between poachers and their prey. They are trying to preserve what’s left.

Foundation Event

Learn More about the Delta

Planning is underway for three special FREE Delta issues workshops in 2014.

On January 28 and 29,  two half-day workshops on Finding Ways to Restore Delta Habitat and Protect Property Owners. The workshops are cosponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Delta Conservancy.

Each workshop will be from 1-5 p.m. The January 28 free workshop will be at the Mokelumne High School Auditorium in Courtland, Calif. The January 29 free workshop will be at the Roberts Union Farm Center in Stockton.

Western Water Magazine

CALFED at a Crossroads: A Decade of the Bay-Delta Program
March/April 2005

This issue of Western Water discusses the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and what the future holds as it enters a crucial period. From its continued political viability to the advancement of best available science and the challenges of fulfilling the ROD, the near future will feature a lively discussion that will play a significant role in the program’s future.

Western Water Magazine

Developing a Delta Vision
May/June 2006

This issue of Western Water examines the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as it stands today and the efforts by government agencies, policy experts, elected officials and the public at large to craft a vision for a sustainable future.

Western Water Magazine

Building a Delta Vision: A Roundtable Discussion
January/February 2007

There are multiple Delta Vision processes underway and a decision on the future of the Delta will be made in the next two years. Unlike past planning efforts that focused primarily on water resource issues and the ecosystem, these current efforts are expanding to include land use planning, recreation, flood management, and energy, rail and transportation infrastructure. How – or if – all these competing demands can be accommodated is the question being considered.

Western Water Magazine

Finding a Vision for the Delta
March/April 2008

This printed copy of Western Water examines the Delta through the many ongoing activities focusing on it, most notably the Delta Vision process. Many hours of testimony, research, legal proceedings, public hearings and discussion have occurred and will continue as the state seeks the ultimate solution to the problems tied to the Delta.

Western Water Magazine

Delta Conveyance: The Debate Continues
March/April 2009

This printed issue of Western Water provides an overview of the idea of a dual conveyance facility, including questions surrounding its cost, operation and governance

Western Water Magazine

Changing the Status Quo: The 2009 Water Package
January/February 2010

This printed issue of Western Water looks at some of the pieces of the 2009 water legislation, including the Delta Stewardship Council, the new requirements for groundwater monitoring and the proposed water bond.

Western Water Magazine

Making the Connection: Sound Science and Good Delta Policy
July/August 2011

This printed issue of Western Water examines science – the answers it can provide to help guide management decisions in the Delta and the inherent uncertainty it holds that can make moving forward such a tenuous task.

Western Water Magazine

How Much Water Does the Delta Need?
July/August 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines the issues associated with the State Water Board’s proposed revision of the water quality Bay-Delta Plan, most notably the question of whether additional flows are needed for the system, and how they might be provided.

Western Water Magazine

Viewing Water with a Wide Angle Lens: A Roundtable Discussion
January/February 2013

This printed issue of Western Water features a roundtable discussion with Anthony Saracino, a water resources consultant; Martha Davis, executive manager of policy development with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency and senior policy advisor to the Delta Stewardship Council; Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee and Ellen Hanak, co-director of research and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Western Water Magazine

Meeting the Co-equal Goals? The Bay Delta Conservation Plan
May/June 2013

This issue of Western Water looks at the BDCP and the Coalition to Support Delta Projects, issues that are aimed at improving the health and safety of the Delta while solidifying California’s long-term water supply reliability.

Video

A Climate of Change: Water Adaptation Strategies

This 25-minute documentary-style DVD, developed in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, provides an excellent overview of climate change and how it is already affecting California. The DVD also explains what scientists anticipate in the future related to sea level rise and precipitation/runoff changes and explores the efforts that are underway to plan and adapt to climate.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Delta
Updated 2010

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Delta explores the competing uses and demands on California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Included in the guide are sections on the history of the Delta, its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex and competing issues with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural drainage, and water distribution.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project
Updated 2011

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project explores the history and development of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), California’s largest surface water delivery system. In addition to the history of the project, the guide describes the various CVP facilities, CVP operations, the benefits the CVP brought to the state, and the CVP Improvement Act (CVPIA).

General information

All about the Delta

All about the Delta

Do you have questions about the Delta? Find your answers here.

Western Water Excerpt Gary PitzerRita Schmidt Sudman

How Much Water Does the Delta Need?
July/August 2012

The San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem needs freshwater to survive. How much water and where it comes from is a longstanding debate that is flaring up as the state embarks on an updated water quality plan for the Bay-Delta.

Aquapedia background

Delta Plan

The Delta Plan is a comprehensive management plan for the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta intended to help the state meet the coequal goals of water reliability and ecosystem restoration.

Photo gallery

Images from the Bay-Delta tour

Video

Delta Warning

15-minute DVD that graphically portrays the potential disaster should a major earthquake hit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “Delta Warning” depicts what would happen in the event of an earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale: 30 levee breaks, 16 flooded islands and a 300 billion gallon intrusion of salt water from the Bay – the “big gulp” – which would shut down the State Water Project and Central Valley Project pumping plants.

Video

Shaping of the West: 100 Years of Reclamation

30-minute DVD that traces the history of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and its role in the development of the West. Includes extensive historic footage of farming and the construction of dams and other water projects, and discusses historic and modern day issues.

Video

Water on the Edge (30-minute VHS)

A 30-minute version of the 2005 PBS documentary Water on the Edge. This video is ideal for showing at community forums and speaking engagements to help the public understand the complex issues surrounding the New River.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute VHS)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute DVD)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Maps & Posters

Delta Sustainability Map
Published 2006

This beautifully illustrated 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing and display in any office or classroom, focuses on the theme of Delta sustainability.

The text, photos and graphics explain issues related to land subsidence, levees and flooding, urbanization and fish and wildlife protection. An inset map illustrates the tidal action that increases the salinity of the Delta’s waterways. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the California Bay-Delta Authority.

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Water Cycle Poster

Water as a renewable resource is depicted in this 18×24 inch poster. Water is renewed again and again by the natural hydrologic cycle where water evaporates, transpires from plants, rises to form clouds, and returns to the earth as precipitation. Excellent for elementary school classroom use.

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Invasive Species Poster Set

One copy of the Space Invaders and one copy of the Unwelcome Visitors poster for a special price.

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Unwelcome Visitors

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive animals can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native animals. “Unwelcome Visitors” features photos and information on four such species – including the zerbra mussel – and explains the environmental and economic threats posed by these species.

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Space Invaders

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive plants can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native plants and animals. “Space Invaders” features photos and information on six non-native plants that have caused widespread problems in the Bay-Delta Estuary and elsewhere.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project
Updated 2013

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project provides an overview of the California-funded and constructed State Water Project.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to California Water
Updated 2015

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to California Water provides an excellent overview of the history of water development and use in California. It includes sections on flood management; the state, federal and Colorado River delivery systems; Delta issues; water rights; environmental issues; water quality; and options for stretching the water supply such as water marketing and conjunctive use.

Video Rita Schmidt Sudman KBPS San Diego

Will New Water Delivery System End Water Wars?

Will New Water Delivery System End Water Wars?

Rita Schmidt Sudman, executive director of The Water Education Foundation, and Tom Wornham, vice chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Video Water Education Foundation

Setting a Course: The California Bay Delta
60 minute version

The importance of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to all Californians from Redding to San Diego is the theme of this 60-minute program hosted by actor Timothy Busfield of “thirtysomething.” Produced in 1998 and updated in 1999, the program is designed to teach the public about where and what the Delta is, its importance to farms, cities and the environment, the history of its development and the options now being discussed by CALFED – the joint state-federal government effort to solve water supply and environmental issues.

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The Delta Map
Released Oct. 2001

The Delta, convergence of California’s two great water delivery systems and major rivers is depicted in this 36×24 inch map. The map graphically depicts the importance of the Delta — what it is, where it is and how water flows through the area. The 2001 map now includes Delta waterways, pumping facilities and canals, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, and many proposed projects and studies in CALFED’s 2000 Record of Decision. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Latest State Drought Plan Eases Standards for Delta

From the Stockton Record:

“State officials unveiled a longer-term plan to deal with the drought Wednesday, one which relaxes some water-quality standards and endangered species protections in the Delta to allow for more water to be sent south to parched cities and farms.”

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Aquapedia background

Judge Wanger Rulings

Federal Judge Oliver Wanger overturned a federal scientific study that aimed to protect Delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Unprecedented Experiment to Revive Chinook Salmon

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Three hundred thousand juvenile chinook with tiny coded chips lodged in their heads were released in Rio Vista and under the Golden Gate Bridge over the past two days in an experiment to determine optimal conditions for hatchery-raised salmon to survive and imprint on their native rivers.”

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California Water Map
Updated December 2016

A new look for our most popular product! And it’s the perfect gift for the water wonk in your life.

Our 24×36 inch California Water Map is widely known for being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state. On this updated version, it is easier to see California’s natural waterways and man-made reservoirs and aqueducts – including federally, state and locally funded projects – the wild and scenic rivers system, and natural lakes. The map features beautiful photos of California’s natural environment, rivers, water projects, wildlife, and urban and agricultural uses and the text focuses on key issues: water supply, water use, water projects, the Delta, wild and scenic rivers and the Colorado River.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Feds Seek Comment on Plan to Dam Three Delta Waterways

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on an emergency proposal by California water officials to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in response to the drought.”

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Aquafornia news Atlantic

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

From The Atlantic:

“Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. … I’ve come here because this little patch of land is the key location in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $25 billion plan to fix California’s troubled water transport system.”

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Aquapedia background

Delta Risk Management Strategy

Delta Risk Management Strategy

Overseen by the California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Delta Risk Management Strategy evaluated the sustainability of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and assessed major risks from floods, seepage, subsidence and earthquakes, sea level rise and climate change.

Western Water Excerpt Gary PitzerRita Schmidt Sudman

Delta Conveyance: The Debate Continues
March/April 2009

The critical condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has prompted the question of how it can continue to serve as a source of water for 25 million people while remaining a viable ecosystem, agricultural community and growing residential center. Developing a “dual conveyance” system of continuing to use Delta waterways to convey water to the export pumps but also building a new pipeline or canal to move some water supplies around the Delta is an issue of great scrutiny.

Western Water Excerpt Gary PitzerRita Schmidt Sudman

Finding a Vision for the Delta
March/April 2008

Consider the array of problems facing the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta for too long and the effect can be nearly overwhelming. Permanently altered more than a century ago, the estuary - arguably the only one of its kind – is an enigma to those outside its realm, a region embroiled in difficulties that resist simple, ready-made solutions.

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