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Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

Jay Lund

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520261976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520261976.001.0001
Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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An ecosystem in freefall, a shrinking water supply for cities and agriculture, an antiquated network of failure-prone levees—this is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the major hub of California's water system. This analysis of the latest data evaluates proposed solutions to the Delta's myriad problems. Through in-depth economic and ecological analysis, the chapters find that the current policy of channeling water exports through the Delta is not sustainable for any interest. Employing a peripheral canal—conveying water around the Delta instead of through it—as part of a larger habitat and water management plan appears to be the best strategy for maintaining both a high-quality water supply and at the same time improve conditions for native fish and wildlife. This assessment includes integrated analysis of long term ecosystem and water management options and demonstrates how issues such as climate change and sustainability will shape the future.

Keywords: ecosystem; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; California; water system; water exports; canal; water management; water supply

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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Introduction in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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The Legacies of Delta History in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Managing the Inevitable in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Delta Water Exports and Strategies in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Hydrodynamics and the Salinity of Delta Waters in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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What a Changing Delta Means for the ecosystem and its fish in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Economics of changing water supply and quality in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Policy and regulatory challenges in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Decision analysis for delta exports in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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Charting the future for a changing delta in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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