[env-trinity] Stockton Record 4 30 09
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Thu Apr 30 15:14:21 PDT 2009
Hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions with no progress, this
assess where we are.
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
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,"
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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