Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta
Publication Year: 2010
Published in cooperation with the Public Policy Institute of California
Published by: University of California Press
Series: Freshwater Ecology Series
Title Page, Copyright
Table of Contents
In the American West, and much of the world, the golden era of water development is over. No longer can dams, diversions, canals, levees, dikes, and ditches be built without regard for the environment.Today’s landscapes are saturated with water infrastructure and human land uses. ...
Much of this work would be weaker without the diligent efforts of our students, research associates, and postdoctoral researchers: Dane Behrens, Wei-Hsiang Chen, Christina Connell, Kevin Fung, Kristine Haunschild, Kaveh Madani, Josue Medellin, Marcelo Olivares, Robyn Suddeth, Sarah Swanbeck, and Stacy Tanaka. ...
Throughout the world, and particularly in the American West, people are learning how to remanage natural resource and environmental systems, which they had thought of as fully developed and sustainable. In many cases, the old assumptions are proving false. ...
2. The Legacies of Delta History
The modern history of the Delta reveals profound geologic and social changes that began with European settlement in the mid-nineteenth century. After 1800, the Delta evolved from a fishing, hunting, and foraging site for Native Americans (primarily Miwok and Wintun tribes), ...
3. Managing The Inevitable
The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is significantly changed from its historic condition. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Delta was one of California’s most dynamic landscapes. Lying at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their floodplains at the head of the San Francisco Estuary, ...
4. Delta Water Exports and Strategies
Changes in the Delta are inevitable, given the unstoppable processes of sea-level rise, land subsidence, earthquakes, and a warming climate bringing larger floods. As discussed in Chapter 3, these changes pose grave questions about future land uses in many parts of the Delta. ...
5. Hydrodynamics and the Salinity of Delta Waters
Since water exports began in the 1940s, the Delta has been managed to keep its water fresh enough for agricultural and urban uses by export users and in- Delta users. This management—achieved through the release of water from upstream reservoirs and changes in export schedules—can vary daily because of the Delta’s complex and dynamic physical environment. ...
6. What a Changing Delta Means for the Ecosystem and Its Fish
“The Delta ecosystem and a reliable water supply for California are the primary co-equal goals for a sustainable Delta.” This is the first recommendation in the long-term vision for the Delta suggested by Governor Schwarzenegger’s Blue Ribbon Task Force (Isenberg et al. 2008a). ...
7. Economics of Changing Water Supply and Quality
The Delta is a major source of water for urban and agricultural uses in the Bay Area, the southern Central Valley, Southern California, and the Delta itself. The recent rise of water markets has more closely linked water management in upstream and importing regions of the state, ...
8. Policy and Regulatory Challenges
To increase the chances of favorable ecosystem and economic outcomes, California needs a policymaking environment that enables decision makers to anticipate the changes facing the Delta. This requires effective political leadership, a sound governance and finance system, and an appropriate set of regulatory tools. ...
9. Decision Analysis for Delta Exports
The Delta poses a variety of highly complex problems with a myriad of uncertainties. These troublesome characteristics are common to many other problems, ranging from public policy issues such as national defense and school system planning to personal career and retirement planning. ...
10. Charting the Future for a Changing Delta
To be successful, natural resources management must be able to adapt to changing conditions. This book has looked at the long-term management of California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, which faces inevitable changes in landscape, economy, and ecology, driven by sea-level rise, climate change,earthquakes,land subsidence,and biological invasions. ...
Appendix: Estimation of Probabilities, Costs, and Reductions for Delta Outcomes and Strategies
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Further Reading, Production Notes
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Freshwater Ecology Series
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