(i.e. what the government is doing right now to revise the Delta-not
restore it but "revise it" )
The Delta is the
cornerstone of California’s agricultural economy, the
cornerstone of California’s water supply resource,an important
natural causeway for many native fish species such as salmon,
the prime northern California freshwater recreation area with 700+
navigable miles of freshwater rivers and sloughs to explore from
over 100 marina and camping facilities, and emerging world class
wine grape production region.
The Delta and San Franciso Bay area, combined, are the
cornerstone of California’s history, as the first major population
areas were in the bay and the cities along the transportation
routes…the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River.
"preferred alternative" of a central canal, as described in the
CalFed 2000 ROD is being built in sections RIGHT NOW even though the
vast majority of Californians said NO in the 1982 vote on a
Peripheral Canal! And several
new water intakes are already
built, but not necessarily turned on yet. The modified central canal is being built in
sections, as "regional projects", and under other names
while the intakes are called "fish screens" and "conjunctive use"
ahead and take a drive around the Delta...go to the end of Empire
Tract for example...watch the Sacramento County lot line adjustment (and levee
setback) of Dead Horse Island, Notice the levee improvements
of the last 5-7 years along the Mokelumne River sections within the
Delta region, take a good look at the information on the Freeport
Pumps, take note of the plans for physical barriers to stop
fish from getting to the export pumps, notice the completion of the
intertie, notice that CCWD built a siphon on Victoria Tract per
photos on their website....all of this adds up to the 2000 CALFED
ROD, revised in 2004. They are on
schedule for construction of much of the conveyance portion of the
ROD...its just the "restoration" projects that are lagging behind.
on graphics to open full sizes of each)
To get a quick understanding of what is being planned in the
Delta, you can go to the 2004 "call to action" slideshow of the
Metropolitan Water District found
or go to our "2004 documents" list to see a copy of the same.
This whole CALFED process to validate
taking more water out of the Delta was planned out and funded years
ago, and the "Blue Print" is the 2000 Record of Decision found on
2000 documents page.
Here's a graphic to show what has been planned:
Near Term Central conveyance building blocks
The purpose of this website
it to provide the reader with easy access to documents, maps and
visual aids related to the last 15 years of planned attack on California's Delta.
As we continue to research
the different agencies that have been involved in developing the
studies, maps and reports, it has become very clear that the true
goal is the
building and operation of the CENTRAL canal in the near term, which will
by itself take the Sacramento River water away from a majority of the
Delta lands, thereby creating a salt water marsh "estuary"
on the southwest side of the canal.
Please click on the map to the lower right for a visual summary of
the central conveyance and in-delta water storage plans already in
process and "shovel ready" to be built by 2012.
Page links you should look at:
Central conveyance building blocks
Once the Central Canal is completed, the Delta will be split East
and West, and the West side of the Central Conveyance will become
more salty over time, to look more like an "estuary" than the
Central and South
Delta farmers with riparian water rights will probably no longer be able to
grow their produce on their Delta lands if this central canal is
built. We are compiling a table showing how
many additional acre feet of water will be taken from the Delta through the
Central Canal. It appears water districts from outside the
Delta met in 1998-2003 and resolved to move forward with their plans to
take more Delta water, despite the clear ongoing damage to the
environment of the Delta. You might want to look up the 1998
Optimal Alternative" report funded by the David & Lucille
Packard Foundation that promotes the central conveyance option or canal, and the 2003
Proposition" and "preferred alternative" when the water & power brokers met in Napa to determine
the Delta's fate without Delta landowner's input.
are that from 2001 to 2005 various legal processes were completed so
that "Maps of conveyance and
storage" (IDS) and the
central canal plan
could move forward with or without voter approved funding, since
Metropolitan Water District, and Westlands Water District could put
up funding for the conveyance part of the project.
In bits and pieces they put together the building blocks for the
Central Canal, and will
now move forward with the "near term actions". The 2 gates are a
necessary ingredient of the overall central canal.
The two temporary gates will most likely lead to at
least four permanent gates, as the rest of the Central Canal
sections are completed, in the author's opinion.
Click on the map to the right for enlarged version, or go to the
2 to 4 Gates Project maps update
which shows many
other maps and concepts.
The summary map below was compiled from EIR/EIS
maps and reports from 2001 to 2005, combining several sources, each
of which indicate permanent barrier gates will be needed to keep
fresh Sacramento River flowing to Clifton Court Forebay.
Near Term Central conveyance building blocks
The "In-Delta" storage plans are finally
being shown to the general public, with notices sent out about a
30-day review which was received on 5-14-2010.
http://deltawetlandsproject.com/ has the EIR/EIS docs.
The Delta Stewardship Council have only met a few times and already
state-approved actions to destroy the Delta are being presented...so
what will the Delta Stewardship Council do about these plans?
SEE FAIR USE NOTICE REGARDING THIS
is the second of 2 index pages. Many of the links below are
important and should be reviewed.
We all know there is not enough water in the state to satisfy all
the wants of the developers, growers, industry, humans and the
environment. Most of the water is in Northern California, but
the political power base is in Southern California. How the
water is conveyed is not nearly as important as HOW MUCH
water is taken. Take to much water from the Delta, as the
state has allowed for the last few years, and species start to go
extinct, water quality goes down, and the water wars heat up.
This website is serving as an archive of some of the huge volume of
documents that have been generated by water contractors and their
government associates to validate their decisions made long before
the most affected stakeholders-Delta landowners-even got a chance
for meaningful input into the decision process. As you review
the documents and process ask yourself....WHO? Who are the
individuals who benefit most from the transfer of more Delta
water-this latest round of California water wars is about wealth
transfer first, water transfer second.
There are many different
planning agencies coming together in the latest attach of the Delta.
http://www.deltacouncil.ca.gov/draft-eir passed the 60 day
comment period & was approved. Go to this PDF for the links to some of
the other major agencies that have been planning the revisions to
updates added to
"Issues" section as quickly as
possible each week!
Intakes and other ongoing construction
Wrong Maps of the Delta
"Surplus" Water planning 1940-1979
CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS HAPPENING NOW IN THE DELTA and some
photos added 2013. Impacts to Delta Water
Land Use & Ownership-Natural
conveyance planning 1945 to 2012, with proposed 2012 projects.
Recreation maps, documents and Reports
Impacts to NorCal aquifers;
Delta Transportation Planning &
INTAKES (see new
Salinity in the Delta-Historic data and
the future as predicted by computer modeling
Elevations-Fact vs Fiction,
Computer Modeling. See also past uploads "Science
Challenge" (water flow data),
including the Atwater maps for 1978-82. Also see: "Wrong
Maps of the Delta"
of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta
Links to online videos
covering important Delta-related topics: LEARN THE
FACTS! Cut & paste web address to your web browser address bar:
One reason for the New Delta
Delta People & places on Youtube:
Interesting UC Berkeley seminar...skip past
introductions if you want
Learn how the
DRMS is WRONG
regarding certain Delta islands and flood history
Click on any map in the website to see the full size of the map
The Central Canal is already halfway dug and Statten Island and Bacon
easily become "In Delta Storage" facilities according to visual
Connect the Delta
Dots report and decisions from studies reported in
2005. Here's and interesting link
and pay special notice all the reports from 2003-2005:
is being proposed now for "near term" actions to be completed
between 2010 and 2014 looks like the "Preferred Alternative" of the
National Heritage Institute papers funded by Bay Area nonprofits
before 2000. (see Timeline) There's
also an interesting series of maps developed 2004-2006 showing the
concept of the SoCal water districts to very quickly do a
"Eco-crescent central canal" in the Delta, using gates to stop
possible salt water intrusion if islands to the west happen to fail
in a flood or seismic event. In this map the "two gates"
project seems more like a "5 gates" project. Compare maps This
type of canal would split the Delta in half, east and west, and
lands to the west of the central canal would be encroached by salt
water, lands to the east would still have the fresh water of the
Sacramento River. So it seems the folks
at Bethel Island and DiscoBay do have valid reason to voice their
concerns! Go to the 2006
documents. The 2006 UC Berkeley Colloquium on Water talked
about a "Delta Central Park" concept or a "Delta National Park"
You can go to Youtube to see those interesting lectures.
the state has come close to doing a major
water project, then "couldn't find the funding" and the feds stepped
in and "saved the day". Californians then were happy because their
perception was that someone else was paying for California benefit
(ignoring its our own federal tax dollars that fund the fed
projects) and since the federal legislators were for the project the
EPA-types and other environmentalists or opposition of those
backed off somewhat. For example, part of the "Project Levees" were
built/paid for in part by "New Deal" Federal Funds when the state
legislators of that time agreed they wanted to improve the levees
but couldn't find the funds. Our
prediction for the last few months: We would
not be surprised if a "big name" from Washington DC came to California
"save the day" so that infrastructure monies can flow into
California like water through the aqueduct after a rainy winter!
That would make many Californians happy, but would in effect take
away the land rights of the Delta landowner. (Since this
prediction was made in August 2009, the Feds have clearly gotten
involved & Senator Feinstein is working on the "biggest bill" of her
career as of October 14, 2009)
The amount of California tax dollars that
has been spent to generate reports in support of the new Delta Plan
is staggering. From documentation it appears that a decision was
made by the water czars in 2000 to switch to a new Delta Plan, and
the lead agencies were advised in January 2001 their Delta
restoration focus should be Delta-wide, not just the South Delta
area. Take a look at the document trail starting with 2001 to
2005. Of course, the studies can be validated (if one would ask) by
the decisions in the
1990's regarding safe water flow for
the Delta. Note the 2003
letter from our governator, sent to our senators BEFORE he was
governor. Note the 2006 letter from the governator to several
CA state legislators. We have not been
able to get a clear picture of the total funds or where the funds
came from so instead we will start uploading the literally hundreds
of thousands of pages of studies, slideshows and reports generated
in the last few years to support the "dual conveyance" plan while
also looking at areas of the delta that could be restored as
mitigation for the damage to be done by taking extra water.
Over the next few weeks, we will be uploading the documents, most in pdf format and all assumed to be indented for public viewing as they
were generated by public entities or else private entities paid for
by public funds, and therefore appropriate for public viewing at
this time, without infraction of any copyright laws.
now, the state may pay for levee improvements to protect STATE
interests, like avoiding flooding in Sacramento area and stopping
salt water intrusion into the Delta so that the water will be good
enough for transport to other areas of California.
A short history of California's water
wars from the perspective of a Delta landowner:
In the 1850's to
1900's the state sold lands owned in the Delta area to individuals
who wanted to reclaim land for farming and other beneficial uses.
People purchased their lands and built up the existing natural
levees to protect against floods. In the meantime, refuse from
the gold mines washed downstream in the winter months, literally
filling up some of the formerly naturally deep waterways with silt
and mining muck. The "Middle Fork" of the Sacramento River, a
naturally deep passage for boats traveling from San Francisco to
Sacramento, later renamed Steamboat Slough, is an example. By
1880's this river was not useable in low tides due to all the
silting. In the 1910's and thereafter, the Federal government
agreed with California state politicians that protecting some levees
and waterways in the Delta were important to assure flood protection
for Sacramento area, and also to assure fresh water supply through
the Delta. Hence using some of the "New Deal" infrastructure
monies, certain levees were improved and thereafter labeled "project
levees". The Federal government also built the first of two
main water channels or aqueducts to carry some of the water from the
Delta down to the growing SoCal cities, especially Los Angeles.
Later, California decided to do another water project, so that more
water could be taken from the Delta to send to barren lands of the
Central Valley, like Fresno and Kern counties. The farmers on
the east side of the Central Valley had primary water rights because
their water had been taken from the San Joaquin River where they
riparian water rights. The farmers on the west side of the
Central Valley, however, had to contract for water, and their
contracts allowed them water ONLY when there was enough water in the
Delta to ship out. Their water rights are called secondary and
in low rain years they might not get the water allotment they had
contracted for. The Westland Water District was formed to
protect the water contract rights of these farmers, and to work with
the state to find more consistent sources of water for the Central
Valley farmers on the west side of the valley.
In the 1960's the State of California water wonks
came up with an idea for a California-built canal that would go
around the Delta, taking the fresh Sacramento water to the then-new
California aqueduct to send it on down south.
Map. It didn't get built because folks thought it was a
bad idea to mess with the wonderful Delta. In 1980 the same
"peripheral canal" idea was put to a vote of the people of the state
and again it was turned down as a bad idea. Starting in 2003
and earlier, a group of mostly SoCal large land owners started
pushing for the idea again and the current governor allowed millions
in state funds to be used for studies to validate why NOW would be a
better time to build that same canal that was considered a bad idea
before. This time they call it "Dual Conveyance".