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Where's the Water Going?

The State Water Project exported just 5% of Delta water since May 1.

Jun 25, 2015

The Delta support group  'Restore the Delta' put out a news release blaming farmers for using all the water that's supposed to flow through the Delta.  Here's the statement from their Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:  The pumps for the State Water Projects have yet to be turned off one day during the drought. Water quality standards are being violated in the Delta each and every day this year, impacting Delta urban water users and family farms. We are perilously close to losing Delta smelt, and our iconic salmon fisheries, and despite Delta family farms already taking a voluntary 25 percent reduction in water use, the State Water Contractors believe the Delta should be made into a complete sacrifice zone for their water exports.” The State Water Contractors responded with what they call a 'Delta Doozy'.  
 

Delta Doozy

Discussions about the future of California water and of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) have too often become a fact-free discourse that is not advancing an informed discussion. The State Water Contractors’ “Delta Doozy” series was launched in order to distinguish the facts from the fiction and promote constructive dialogue. 

Delta Doozy: The Truth about Delta Exports

June 22, 2015
This week’s Doozy comes from a blog post, “State Water Contractors Not Satisfied Until They Grab Every Last Out of Delta Watershed,” authored by Restore the Delta on June 18, 2015:
“We are perilously close to losing Delta smelt, and our iconic salmon fisheries, and despite Delta family farms already taking a voluntary 25 percent reduction in water use, the State Water Contractors believe the Delta should be made into a complete sacrifice zone for their water exports.”
Some Facts for the Record: The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation monitor how much water flows into the Delta, and how much water flows out of the Delta on a daily basis. Based on real-world measurements, the chart below provides a breakdown of where water has gone after entering the Delta since May 1. The State Water Project exported just 5% of Delta water since May 1. In dry and critically dry years, this low percentage is not unusual. Nor is the fact that landowners in the Delta take more water—by far—than the state and federal water projects combined.
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