Why should Southern California care?
By Thomas S. Babcock | The Sacramento San Joaquin Delta covers nearly 738,000 acres and is the “hub” of the state’s water supply delivery system. Drinking and irrigation water flows from Northern California through this Delta system to points south through a series of islands and waterways that are fed primarily by the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. The Delta is the home of many fish and wildlife species including the Delta Smelt, Long Fin Smelt and salmon. Water flowing through the Delta serves fresh water needs for Northern California, Bay Area and Southern California communities as well as the San Joaquin valley where half the produce enjoyed by the nation is grown.
Communities in the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are served by the State Water Project, through the California Aqueduct, built in the late 1960’s. The Central Valley Project, a federal water project, also supplies urban areas in the Bay Area and communities and farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Drinking and irrigation water flows currently through the Delta to both the state and federal water projects.
Southern California has contract rights for a little over 2 …read more