[env-trinity] Stockton Record 4 30 09

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 30 15:14:21 PDT 2009


Hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions with no progress, this
assess where we are. 

 

Byron

 

Delta fix a must, speaker warns 

The Stockton Record - 4/30/09

By The Record Staff

 

STOCKTON - Someone must make a hard decision about how to fix the Delta, a
decision that will likely involve trade-offs, a Stanford University
professor of civil engineering told alumni and community leaders on
Wednesday.

 

Delta smelt are "definitely on the way out," Stephen G. Monismith said
during a luncheon address, while other species such as striped bass and
salmon also have declined.

 

Changes to the state's water delivery system - such as a peripheral canal,
the "$10 billion experiment" - may not be enough, he said.

 

"We seem to be getting more and more questions," Monismith said. "I wish it
was as simple as re-plumbing the Delta."

A key issue, he said, is how much fresh water flows through the Delta and
out into San Francisco Bay.

 

When flows are high, saltwater is pushed back to the west; during low flows,
salt creeps into the Delta and potentially affects the amount of food
available for fish, not to mention water quality for farmers.

 

He said a holistic approach to the Delta is needed, rather than considering
its many parts piece by piece.

 

"At least people are starting to think about what we want the Delta to be,"
he said.#

 

 

Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land

415 519 4810 cell

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