california water impact network

Working to promote the equitable and environmentally sensitive use of California's water.

Delta: Dams and Canals

PERIPHERAL CANALS: WAY PAST, PAST AND PRESENT
Courtesy of Public Policy Institute of California
Since the inception of statehood in 1850, redistributing water from northern to southern California has intrigued social visionaries, planners, and engineers. The image at right outlines the basic alternatives for obtaining water supplies from the Delta: sending water (continue reading…)


BAY-DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN: A LICENSE TO KILL?

Discussing Water Rights.previewAfter several years, CalFED ultimately collapsed. At that point, the idea of creating a comprehensive Bay-Delta Conservation Plan to resolve competing objectives for the Delta gained momentum. The basic goal was two-fold (continue reading…)


BAY-DELTA CONVEYANCE CONCEPTS

Courtesy of BDCP

Bay Delta Conservation Plan stakeholders have promoted a number of conceptual options for getting water around, through, or under the Delta to the state and federal pumps at Old River and Clifton Court Forebay northwest of Tracy (continue reading…)

 


FLOWS AND FISH PROBLEMS

Delta SmeltAn analysis by scientists William Fleenor, William Bennett, Peter Moyle, and Jay Lund of the University of California at Davis helps to illustrate the Delta’s flow and fish problems. In a nutshell, upstream diversions to storage reservoirs have reduced inflows (continue reading…


BAY-DELTA FISH PROFILES

central valley steelheadFederal listing status indicates the species’ standing under the Federal Endangered Species Act and State listing status indicates the species’ standing under the California Endangered Species Act (continue reading…)


In 1991, Santa Barbara voters decided to hook up with the State Water Project. Promises were made to voters about the cost of the proposed Coastal Branch Aqueduct. Promises were made about water reliability. Those promises were broken.
Now a new water project is pending, the Peripheral Tunnels, a $50+ billion dollar effort to move the Sacramento River directly to the big industrial agribusiness on the West side of the Central Valley. Proponents of the project want the water and they want Santa Barbara ratepayers to pay for it - even though none of that water would ever come to Santa Barbara!
This video documents the promises made in 1991 to Santa Barbara voters that were broken, and makes the case for withdrawing Santa Barbara support for those Peripheral Tunnels.

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