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The issue of Water Quality

It all boils down to water quality.  The main focus for years has been the salinity levels of San Joaquin Valley and the San Joaquin River vs the "sweet water" found in the more northern rivers, like the Sacramento, American and Mokelumne.  Urban water users want water with less salt in it.  Makes sense.  Certain fish species in the Delta need higher salinity levels, we're told, even if the Delta historically did not have those higher levels.  Farmers of the San Joaquin Valley want less salty water to help flush out the natural salts and selenium found in the soils on the west side of Hwy 5 going down the valley.  Lately news sources say the companies that want to do "fracking" in the lower central valley need the fresh water from the Sacramento River as it makes fracking less expensive for some reason.  Still others surmise that the big push to get more fresh water under permanent contracts for the huge corporate farmers in Kern County, and other Central Valley counties south of the Delta is needed so those farmers can sell their water rights to the oil companies who want to do the fracking.  In the meantime the urban users all over the state have seen residential water rates explode over the last 5 years, to help pay for the infrastructure work being built in 2012.

The bottom line is that there simply is not enough water for all the interests in California, and those without riparian water rights are attempting to use "restoration" actions and language to validate diverting more fresh water away from the Delta.  The links below are to pages focused on the various "water quality" reports and studies, from a historical perspective.  You might also want to see the Water Flow videos
Salinity levels for people and fish:   1 ppt  and X2
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Pesticides  
Treated water  
water temperature  
People vs Ag vs Fish vs ecological restoration  
   
   
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