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Charting the future for a changing delta

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/9780520261976.003.0010
Charting the future for a changing delta

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Sea-level rise, earthquakes, land subsidence, and higher winter flood flows increase the risks of Delta island failures and the costs of preventing and recovering from failures. To solve these problems, California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will require governance, regulatory, and financial mechanisms and institutions that allow firm decisions for effective Delta management. This chapter summarizes the conclusions regarding the Delta's changing landscape, the potential for improving the Delta's ecosystem, the alternatives for managing water exports from the Delta, and the regulatory and governance challenges that lie ahead. All of these issues are addressed as part of a proactive management strategy for the new Delta.

Keywords: sea-level rise; earthquakes; land subsidence; flood; island failures; management strategy

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Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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