The maps below come from the
thousands of pages of studies and reports describing different ways that
are proposed to "restore" the Delta. Not a single one of the plans
actually calls for restoration to fresh water marsh and natural islands
which collects all the snow and rain runoff from the Sierras', as it did
in the 1840's before California became a state. What is being
proposed is a REVISION of the 500,000 acres of prime Delta farm land and
recreation waterways into a vast ecological experiment where a fresh water
inland Delta will be at least partially converted into a saltwater
"estuary". Why? Because developers from outside the Delta area
want more Delta water for future developments they plan in Oakland along
the waterfront and University Avenue, in Contra Costa County, in Irvine,
San Bernardino, Napa, Monterey, Sacramento County. The Developers
need to prove their source for "new water" before they can get approval
for their new residential and commercial developments. The problem
is that many fish species are declining because to much Delta water is
already being taken out. The BDCP is supposed to be a plan where
more water is taken out of the Delta through new "conveyance"
alternatives, while at the same time it revises the Delta's ecological
freshwater environment into a new saltwater or brackish
To the left you will note links to documents by year.
If you want to see the documents where the maps below were found, go to
those links or the online references that show on the maps if you click
the individual maps to see enlarged versions.