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
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Title Page, Copyright
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Table of Contents
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In the American West, and much of the world, the golden era of waterdevelopment is over. No longer can dams, diversions, canals, levees, dikes,and ditches be built without regard for the environment.Today’s landscapesare saturated with water infrastructure and human land uses. Often, costsof this infrastructure have escalated beyond their benefits. In particular,...
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Much of this work would be weaker without the diligent efforts of ourstudents, research associates, and postdoctoral researchers: Dane Behrens,Wei-Hsiang Chen, Christina Connell, Kevin Fung, Kristine Haunschild,Kaveh Madani, Josue Medellin, Marcelo Olivares, Robyn Suddeth, SarahSwanbeck, and Stacy Tanaka. They are coauthors of and contributors to...
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Throughout the world, and particularly in the American West, people arelearning how to remanage natural resource and environmental systems,which they had thought of as fully developed and sustainable. In manycases, the old assumptions are proving false. External forces such as sea-level rise,climate change,economic globalization,population growth,and...
2. The Legacies of Delta History
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The modern history of the Delta reveals profound geologic and socialchanges that began with European settlement in the mid-nineteenth cen-tury.After 1800, the Delta evolved from a fishing, hunting, and foragingsite for Native Americans (primarily Miwok and Wintun tribes),to a trans-portation network for explorers and settlers, to a major agrarian resource...
3. Managing The Inevitable
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The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is significantly changed from its his-toric condition. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Delta was one ofCalifornia’s most dynamic landscapes. Lying at the confluence of theSacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their floodplains at the head ofthe San Francisco Estuary, with its extensive marshes and tidal channels,...
4. Delta Water Exports and Strategies
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Changes in the Delta are inevitable, given the unstoppable processes ofsea-level rise, land subsidence, earthquakes, and a warming climate bring-ing larger floods. As discussed in Chapter 3,these changes pose grave ques-tions about future land uses in many parts of the Delta. Anticipating thesechanges is also critical for managing California’s water supplies, given the...
5. Hydrodynamics and the Salinity of Delta Waters
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Since water exports began in the 1940s,the Delta has been managed to keepits water fresh enough for agricultural and urban uses by export users and in-Delta users. This management—achieved through the release of water fromupstream reservoirs and changes in export schedules—can vary daily becauseof the Delta’s complex and dynamic physical environment. Located on the...
6. What a Changing Delta Means for the Ecosystem and Its Fish
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...“The Delta ecosystem and a reliable water supply for California are theprimary co-equal goals for a sustainable Delta.”This is the first recom-mendation in the long-term vision for the Delta suggested by Gover-nor Schwarzenegger’s Blue Ribbon Task Force (Isenberg et al. 2008a).A major challenge to achieving such a balance is that ecosystem water...
7. Economics of Changing Water Supply and Quality
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The Delta is a major source of water for urban and agricultural uses inthe Bay Area, the southern Central Valley, Southern California, and theDelta itself. The recent rise of water markets has more closely linked watermanagement in upstream and importing regions of the state,and the evolv-ing natural conditions in the Delta and modifications in export manage-...
8. Policy and Regulatory Challenges
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To increase the chances of favorable ecosystem and economic outcomes,California needs a policymaking environment that enables decision mak-ers to anticipate the changes facing the Delta. This requires effective po-litical leadership, a sound governance and finance system, and an appro-Given the many often-conflicting stakeholders concerned with Delta...
9. Decision Analysis for Delta Exports
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The Delta poses a variety of highly complex problems with a myriad ofuncertainties. These troublesome characteristics are common to manyother problems,ranging from public policy issues such as national defenseand school system planning to personal career and retirement planning.To address all aspects of such problems simultaneously is beyond human...
10. Charting the Future for a Changing Delta
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To be successful, natural resources management must be able to adapt tochanging conditions. This book has looked at the long-term managementof California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, which faces inevitablechanges in landscape, economy, and ecology, driven by sea-level rise, cli-mate change,earthquakes,land subsidence,and biological invasions. Man-...
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Acronyms and Abbreviations
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Aitchison D. 2007. Institutional options for Delta Vision governance. Letter toJohn Kirlin,Attorney General’s Office, Sacramento, California, dated OctoberAlexander BS,Mendell GH,Davidson G. 1874. Report of the Board of Commissionerson the irrigation of the San Joaquin,Tulare,and Sacramento valleys of the State of Cal-Anderson K. 2005. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Manage-...
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Further Reading, Production Notes
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Freshwater Ecology Series