Bay-Delta Water Overcommitted Eight Times, Three in Wet Years

Posted on | May 27, 2009 | No Comments

William K. Reilly,  member of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush, outlines the crisis in the Delta in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Bullet points from the article:

  • The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta provides water for more than 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of agriculture, supporting a $400 billion economy. But the delta’s ecosystem is crashing.
  • Delta governance  is “the critical missing ingredient in water management.”
  •  The delta water‘s average annual flow is overcommitted to users by more than eight times. Even in the wettest years, the water is overcommitted by three times.
  • The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force work concluded with the release of a strategic plan, but work continues under the banner of the Delta Vision Foundation.

He concludes, “On Monday, we will come together for a public meeting in Sacramento to announce one of the first products of this new, independent organization. Fair warning: The results are disappointing.” 

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