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Fish Kill Brewing

So, now that the 800,000 acre feet of water is gone, there isn't enough to keep the salt water out of the Delta now.

Jun 23, 2014

The article below about water flows on the American River looks harmless enough, unless you pay attention to what's been happening during the past 8 or 9 months with California water policy.

Remember when 800,000 acre feet of water was allowed to flow to the ocean last fall(Californians Lose 800,000 Acre Feet of Water)? That was purportedly for the health of the Delta and to push the X2 line further West. The X2 line is where the fresh water from the Delta meets the salt water from the San Francisco Bay, generally in or around the Carquinez Straight.

Enviros are always pushing for more water flowing through the Delta to push the X2 line closer to the Golden Gate. So, now that the 800,000 acre feet of water is gone, there isn't enough to keep the salt water out of the Delta now. Not only did we not get the water for our farms, but now it's not available when it's really needed for the health of the Delta.

The salt water will now be a problem for Delta residents who rely on the Delta for fresh water, and the lack of flows will cause the sewage dumped into the Delta to be extremely toxic at higher concentration levels(The Great Delta Toilet Bowl). A massive fish kill could be brewing.

We fear that somehow farmers in the Central Valley will end up with less water because of this, if it's possible to get less than zero.

By the way, has anyone ever thought of building a dike or dam across the Carquinez Straight to keep the salt water out of the Delta? Then we wouldn't have to use millions of acre feet of water to keep pushing it out to sea.


Water flows boosted in American River to block salty incursion to Delta

By Matt Weiser


Water flows into the American River were increased Tuesday, despite the ongoing drought, because state and federal officials are fighting to keep salinity from San Francisco Bay from intruding into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation boosted water releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River from 2,000 to 2,500 cubic feet per second. This follows other increases in late May for the same reason.
Due to the drought and very low snowmelt, there simply isn’t enough natural runoff from the Sierra Nevada to keep salinity out of the Delta. Controlling salinity is essential because the Delta provides fresh water to 23 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland.
Although water deliveries from the Delta have been reduced to historic lows because of drought, officials want to keep salinity out of the Delta because, once it intrudes, the salty water can take weeks or months to flush out. As the summer wears on, sufficient water for that task in upstream reservoirs could run out.
Under state law, salinity also must be controlled to protect water quality for users who divert directly from the Delta. This includes farmers on Delta islands as well several urban water consumers.
The additional water release into the American River on Tuesday was triggered because of unusually high tides forecast in coming days, which will increase the odds of salinity intrusion.
“We expect these high tides for the next week to 10 days,” said Janet Sierzputowski, a Reclamation spokeswoman. “So whether we’ll see the 2,500 go higher or not, it’s hard to say at this point.”
Reclamation is coordinating with the California Department of Water Resources to jointly deal with the salinity problem. Late last week, DWR increased water releases from Oroville Reservoir on the Feather River. On Wednesday, Reclamation plans to increase releases from Keswick Reservoir on the Sacramento River.
The additional water is not being diverted from the Delta to serve DWR and Reclamation water users elsewhere. Instead, the water is being allowed to flow toward San Francisco Bay and the ocean to control salinity. Delta diversions have remained steady at just 375 cfs for weeks, all of it diverted by DWR’s facilities, which primarily serve urban customers.

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