Delta flow criteria analysis, Farm Bureau weighs in, and LA Times on Water Bond

Here’s more on the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) Delta Flow Criteria Report.

State Board Adopts Delta Flow Criteria, an analysis posted on Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard’s website at

August 10, 2010
“The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on August 3, 2010, adopted Delta flow criteria pursuant to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Reform Act that was passed in late 2009.

The final flow criteria were unchanged from draft criteria that the State Board released for public comment on July 21, 2010. The final criteria appear in a Flow Report (Report) featuring both increased Delta outflow and increased inflow from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, including their tributaries:

  • 75% of unimpaired Delta outflow from January through June;
  • 75% of unimpaired Sacramento River inflow from November through June; and
  • 60% of unimpaired San Joaquin River inflow from February through June 
  • The Report does not describe the water supply impact that would occur if the Delta flow criteria were actually applied. Some estimates suggest that water diversions from the Sacramento River watershed would have to be cut by 50 percent from November through June. Such reductions would have local, regional and statewide significance. The Report also noted its inherent limitations, in that it did not examine non-flow factors affecting the Delta’s fisheries, such as pollution, predation, exotic species or habitat loss…”

    To read more, go to:

    On the Flow Criteria Report

    Adoption of flow report marks latest delta development, from California Farm Bureau Federation’s AG Alert.

    Issue Date: August 11, 2010, by Kate Campbell, Assistant Editor

    “The adoption of a controversial flow report by the State Water Resources Control Board last week marked the most recent in a series of developments involving the state’s water supplies and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. During the past two weeks, the federal government awarded a contract for a project to improve flexibility in water deliveries from the delta, and a gubernatorial appointment filled out a council charged with developing a plan for delta management.

    In addition, another session of the National Academy of Sciences committee charged with reviewing the scientific underpinnings for decisions related to restoring the delta ecosystem and ensuring water supply reliability convened in Sacramento last month, and government agencies continue processes that also have bearing on water supply and delta environmental conditions.

    The flow report, regarded as a theoretical exercise by most water agencies and organizations but heralded by environmental groups, resulted from last year’s package of water bills passed by the Legislature. It considered the flows through the delta needed to protect fishery resources, without considering any of the other uses for water from the delta.

    In written comments to the Water Resources Control Board prior to the vote, the California Farm Bureau Federation pointed out that the advisory report set delta flow criteria that would reduce the state’s existing water supply—north, south, upstream and downstream of the delta—by nearly 5.4 million acre-feet.

    The report notes this represents a 73 percent reduction in north-of-delta water deliveries and a 25 percent reduction for south-of-delta flows, from already reduced delivery levels…”

    To read more, go to:

    And on withdrawing the Water Bond from the November ballot.

    Editorial from the LA Times: Sinking the water bond at,0,3329667.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fopinion%2Feditorials+%28Los+Angeles+Times+-+Editorials%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

    “Because factions in the Capitol can’t, or won’t, compromise, nothing changes, no matter how important the issue…”

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