Delta Water Exports and Strategies

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:
Delta Water Exports and Strategies

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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta moves water from Northern California watersheds to farmlands and cities south and west of the Delta. Recent water exports from the Delta have ranged from 5 to 6 million acre-feet per year, supplying much of the water used in the Bay Area, the southern Central Valley, and Southern California. This chapter discusses the state and regional use of Delta water supplies, strategies to manage water exports from the Delta, and some key economic and environmental considerations. It also describes four water export approaches: continue pumping exports through the Delta; divert water upstream and convey it around the Delta through a peripheral canal; combine the current through-Delta pumping strategy with a peripheral canal (so-called “dual conveyance” or “dual facility”); and end exports altogether.

Keywords: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; water exports; water supplies; through-Delta pumping strategy; dual conveyance; dual facility

Chapter.  3329 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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