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Water USES  (PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION MAY 11-14 2013)  
Issue:  What does "surplus water" mean and who gets it?  Isn't DWR creating false assurances of freshwater access when it continues to contract for water that does not and never did exist?  Northern California landowners were told in the approval process of the state and federal water development projects from the 1930's to 1980's that only "surplus" water would be taken, to assure that riparian water rights and environmental needs would be protected.  So what happens when DWR later decides to revise what "surplus" water means?  See the historical documents regarding this issue here.

     This page provides links to documents and maps and charts that show the uses of exported water over the years, and also who is claiming what water now, in teh 21st Century. Water uses include "industrial" like power generation, fracking, oil and gas production, other manufacturing;  agricultural includes farming, ranching, animal-raising, recreation facilities, and probably private home wells located in the ag areas; "urban" includes water for the cities, golf courses, etc.   "Environmental water" is intended to protect the natural acquatic and land side environment for native species, except humans.  When looking at older documents and ones produced starting in the 1990's, one sees that there are conflicts in reporting of what water is available and how it's used.  Perhaps DWR and the Delta Stewardship Council hope that the public will forget that the major user of water according to past DWR documents was for energy generation to transport water to Southern California.  There is a very large book on this issue published in 1978.  Some of the pages have been scanned and are provided below or at the other water issues pages.

Since planned and contracted water use greatly exceeds available water almost all years, one has to wonder what DWR is still accepting and signing NEW water rights contracts!  Apparently the water salespersons from DWR took the course in "How to most effectively sell the london bridge over and over again!"

Solution:  DWR needs to stop making promises or contracts it is impossible to comply with while still upholding riparian water rights and protecting the Northern California environment and prime farm lands.
     
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DELTA WATER PROJECTS SUMMARY.docx

water_use/delta_canal.docx

found at shsu.docx           power-ca.docx










water_use/deltacouncil-sacwateruse.MP4


Note that starting sometime between 1998 to 2000 DWR computer modeling used different water conversion charts from the US standards, which result in inflating water flow and availability in the system.  See the water flow computer modeling pages.



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