Restore the Delta Opposes the Peripheral Canal Because…
- Water quality would deteriorate even further leading to the death of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?s ecosystem ? the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of both North and South America.
- The local Delta water supply would become so saline that Delta agriculture could no longer be sustained, thereby undoing our region?s economy, culture, history, and way of life.
- Delta water quality would never meet Clean Water Act standards. Drinking water quality for surrounding Delta communities would suffer, and pubic health would be impacted negatively.
- The Delta recreation industry would cease to exist as we know it. Sports fishing would be a thing of the past, and other water sporting activities would cease to be pleasurable in such polluted waters.
- There would be no incentive to fix Delta levees or to create a flood management plan to protect Delta people, Delta property, and Delta infrastructure, such as railways and gas lines. In the event of a natural disaster, the Delta would be written off in the same way that New Orleans was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.
Instead Restore the Delta Maintains?
- Freshwater is essential for the health and vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community, economy, and ecosystem. B oth immediate actions and long-term solutions must be founded on protecting the Delta as a public trust resource. Therefore:
- Exports of water from the Delta must immediately be reduced to a level compatible with protecting Delta values.
- All proposals for long-term Delta management must be based on a firm understanding of Delta freshwater needs and must include strong protection for sufficient flows of water necessary for healthy Delta communities, including Delta agriculture. Strong assurances must be made for such protections, with appropriate and sustainable water export reductions before any proposals for alternative export conveyance or diversion methods are considered.
- A comprehensive flood plan and an emergency readiness plan must be immediately prepared to protect the people, property, and infrastructure and provide for a healthy Delta ecosystem. A comprehensive plan to improve essential project and non-project levees must be immediately prepared and fully funded in consultation with local Delta experts.
- To restore the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while maintaining a reliable water supply for our neighbors throughout California, state and regional water agencies must aggressively implement regional water self-sufficiency measures, such as water conservation, reclamation, and water recycling.
- All Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta planning must be designed to minimize the regional impacts of climate change. Specifically, plans must address increased flood risks, sea level rise, and peak river inflows that are likely to result from climate change. These plans must also allow for incremental responses to ecosystem changes resulting from climate change.
- All land use decisions, including potential island reconfiguration must be guided by local Delta expertise. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta landowners and residents must have an active role in development and implementation of all plans affecting their community. Any new governance boards for the Delta must be comprised of a fair and equitable number of residents from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
- To help preserve the unique cultural and environmental resources of the California Delta, the state should immediately establish a California Delta Conservancy, as well as assist with obtaining a federal and/or state level protected status for the Delta region (i.e. park, monument, or recreational area). Such programs should be developed in consultation with local Delta landowners and stakeholders, and should help to protect Delta agricultural interests.