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Wasted to the Sea

Why do you continue to write that water that flows through the Delta and to the ocean, where it naturally was intended to flow, is wasted???

Dec 06, 2017

We received this email regarding our latest newsletter "Drought Forever!" where we made the point that over 85% of the water flowing to the Delta flows right through and out to the ocean:
 
"Why do you continue to write that water that flows through the Delta and to the ocean, where it naturally was intended to flow, is wasted??? As you stated In your local article water flows to the ocean and turns to salt water. Without the flow of this “wasted” water through the delta there would be no flushing of salt water from the rivers and delta. As it is now there is salt water intrusion all the way up to nearly Rio Vista. Fresh water flowing through the system, although I get is not good for farming where water never naturally flowed, is good for the water temps, water levels, and water quality of the rivers, delta, and Bays. That water is not being wasted. If the was be effort to save salmon with trucking efforts and hatcheries there would be no fish in the system."
 
Sean
 
Our answer:  We don't think all water flowing through the Delta to the ocean is wasted.  We think sending 50 million acre feet to the ocean and only pumping 6 million acre feet for all of Southern California and farmers in the Central Valley is wasteful.  Using so much of our fresh water to try to push back on the Pacific Ocean seems futile.  We are also resentful that it is always framed as farmers wanting MORE water.  Farms and cities do not want MORE water…..We want the Contracted Mutually Agreed Upon amount of water we are SUPPOSED to get for putting 3 MILLION ACRES of land up as collateral to prevent flooding and store the flood water to fulfill the Contracted Agreement.  Much of the water flowing through the Delta could fulfill the contracts and still have the vast majority of water (over 85%) go to the ocean and do all the good things you want it to do.  Farmers have seen their share of water diminished tremendously over the past 25 years and it's frustrating to see so much of it go to the sea.  

And, by the way, if you're concerned about the danger of salt water intrusion into the Delta, how about the idea in the article below?

 

Protect Delta water with a dam

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