Policy and regulatory challenges

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:
Policy and regulatory challenges

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California needs effective political leadership, a sound governance and finance system, and an appropriate set of regulatory tools to chart a new course for Delta management. This chapter provides an overview of financing and mitigation options and models for regional land management. It also focuses on the governance issue of providing safeguards for a new Delta and addresses four regulatory questions: Does the current federal and state system for managing Delta water quality allow for anticipatory, versus reactive, interventions? What does the prospect of more Delta levee failures and island flooding mean for local and state responsibilities to neighboring landowners? How can upstream diverters become part of a Delta solution? and How are Delta solutions that aim to balance ecosystem and economic goals likely to fare in the face of an increasingly difficult natural environment for desirable species? The chapter aims to highlight areas that will need to be addressed squarely as part of any long-term Delta solution.

Keywords: Delta management; land management; water quality; levee failures; island flooding; upstream diverters

Chapter.  9185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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