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CalFed's Preferred Alternative:  Central Canal Building Blocks

In 1995-1999 a Bay Area nonprofit organization sponsored a study by the National Heritage Institute to show CalFed what might be the best conveyance alternative for diverting Sacramento River from the Delta.  Meetings were held with different water districts exclusive of Delta and environmental groups trying to protect the Delta, and the group agreed to go for what was called the "Preferred Alternative".  From 2000 on the "building blocks" of the preferred alternative were put together using various different governmental, agency and nonprofit entities, each going through their own EIR/EIS process for a particular building block.  Since there are so many different planning processes going on right now, and so many in the past, its pretty hard to know what is, or is not, really planned.  So this page will refer to already-completed EIR-EIS building blocks of the Central Canal and In-Delta Storage which appears to be the true current goal of the legislators and the powers behind the legislators.
The Preferred Alternative-Through Delta Conveyance

NHI Delta Plans

NHI Delta Study funded by Packard Foundation

This page provides the "building blocks" or construction elements to accomplish the preferred alternative, a through-Delta canal or conveyance system.  When completed and in operation, and combined with other Sacramento River revision plans, the central canal may take most of the rest of Sacramento River freshwater flow into the Delta in the future.  Included in the plans, which are called "near term options" for more publicized BDCP paperwork, are in-delta storage islands which will store water in high rain years instead of letting it get out to the San Francisco Bay area.  Funding for the construction NOW IN PROGRESS came from the water districts that will benefit, from large corporate farmers who will benefit, from Stimulus funds and from California's other general budget and past bond monies.   However, funding for actions as proposed in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan  (BDCP) (the mitigation building block) appears to be dependent on a proposed bond fund.

 

Building Block 1:  Additional water intake at Freeport
Planned completion date:  2010
 
Building Block 2:  Widen Delta Cross Channel to take in more water
Planned completion date:  2012
Central conveyance building block
Building Block 3:  Widen areas of the Mokelumne River to allow for greater water volume passage
Planned completion date:  2012
 
Building Block 4:  Improve levees of Statten Island to be ready for extra pressure from water, and/or use of the island for water storage
Planned completion date: 2008-2009
 

Building Block 5:  Tunnel under the San Joaquin River to make sure the Sacramento River fresh water continues on its path to the main water pumps
Planned completion date:
 
Building Block 6:  Tunnel under islands of the South Delta or create gates to make sure the fresh water gets to the pumps for export elsewhere
Planned completion date:
 
Building Block 7:  Add new intake areas along the Sacramento River
Planned completion date:
Building Block 8:  North Bay Aqueduct moves to take advantage of opportunity to increase fresh Sacramento River water allotment
Planned completion date:
 
Building Block 9:  Contra Costa and Bay Area water intake revisions and expansion of storage resovoir to assure future development potential with use of more Delta water
Planned completion date:  July 2010
 
Building Block 10:  Move main utilities into alignment with, or out of the way of, the new central canal
Planned completion date:
Building Block 11:  Prepare islands for in-delta storage or use as dams Delta water storage plans
Building Block 12:  Yolo Bypass expansion:  Since so much natural habitat will be destroyed by the taking of more Sacramento River water, and by the construction projects needed to complete the central conveyance and storage system, other areas of the Delta will be "restored" or actually revised into new ecosystems as mitigation.  Yolo Bypass will start to be annually flooded for the benefit of fish and wildlife.
Planned completion date:  2010
 
Building Block 13:  Since so much natural habitat will be destroyed by the taking of more Sacramento River water, and by the construction projects needed to complete the central conveyance and storage system, other areas of the Delta will be "restored" or actually revised into new ecosystems as mitigation.  The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is another mitigation measure but there is no secure funding for this plan unless the proposed California 2010 Bond Fund is passed in November.
Planned completion date:  not determined, subject to funding

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