Managing the Inevitable

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:
Managing the Inevitable

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Before the European settlement, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was one of California's most dynamic landscapes. Today's Delta is unstable and has significantly changed from its historic condition. It faces inevitable changes in landscape, economy, and ecology, driven by land subsidence, changing inflows, sea-level rise, earthquakes, and biological invasions. All these changes increase future risks of Delta island flooding. This chapter focuses on the state's investments to resist or manage these changes through levee improvements and repairs. The Delta Levee Subventions Program, in particular, has significantly reduced levee failures and is the most important state investments in Delta levees today.

Keywords: European settlement; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; land subsidence; changing inflows; sea-level rise; earthquakes; biological invasions; flooding; Delta Levee Subventions Program

Chapter.  4115 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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