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Introduction

Jay R. Lund, Ellen Hanak, William E. Fleenor, William A. Bennett, Richard E. Howitt, Jeffrey F. Mount and Peter B. Moyle

in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

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/9780520261976.003.0001
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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is part of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. It is the largest single source of California's water supply and supports many ecological, economic, and cultural functions. The Delta is now widely perceived to be in crisis, with dramatic population declines among several fish species, salinity intrusions, and levee failures. This book is about finding long-term solutions to the problems facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It addresses four central issues: the salinity and quality of Delta waters, in-Delta land use and water supply, water supply exports, and the Delta ecosystem.

Keywords: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; California; water supply; levee failures; land use; Delta ecosystem

Chapter.  4830 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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