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08-21-2005, 07:49 PM
it has been so long i was starting to think they forgot about me......Thank you for your email expressing your opposition to increased water
pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. The work to ensure that
California has enough water to support its growing population and economy,
as well as to restore and maintain its ecological treasures, is both
difficult and never-ending.

As you know, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program plays an important role in
meeting California's future water needs and it must be part of the
long-term water resource investment strategy for the state. Governor
Schwarzenegger has directed Resources Agency Secretary Chrisman to work with
the Secretaries for Food and Agriculture, Environmental Protection and
the Chair of the California Bay-Delta Authority to develop just such a
long-term strategy for stable water resources investment funding. This
long-term funding strategy will ensure that we continue to improve
water supply reliability, protect water quality and restore our ecosystems
to support California's needs.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently announced plans to
release a draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement
(EIR/S) for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP). Objectives of
the SDIP program include reducing the straying of San Joaquin salmon
into the south Delta, maintaining adequate water levels and quality for
local farmers and improving the State Water Project's delivery

The proposed plan will be staged in two parts. The first stage
involves physical components and would be accomplished by installing permanent
operable gates, performing limited dredging and extending some
agricultural diversions in the south Delta.

The second stage, involving changes to increase the maximum rate at
which the State Water Project is permitted to pump water from the Delta
beginning in 2009, can be accomplished with no new construction. It is
important to emphasize that while stage two planning will be underway
during implementation of stage one, no action regarding increased pumping
will take place until a decision is made on stage one.

The current water export limit is 6,680 cubic feet per second (except
in the winter when the volume may be higher.) The proposed increase
would bring the new pumping volume up to 8,500 cubic feet per second.
Although this appears to be an increase of 27%, environmental constraints
and hydrologic conditions would only allow the annual amount of water
pumped to increase by less than 1% to 3%, depending on the alternate
evaluated by the SDIP.

Recently, there have been declines in the population of several Delta
fish species. Although the exact reason is not yet known, some theories
include pesticides, invasive species and changes in State and Federal
water operations. The Interagency Ecological Program has begun an
aggressive $1.7 million augmentation of existing studies to look at the
possible causes.

As this study proceeds, the DWR plans to release the draft EIR/S for
the SDIP. This will give the public an opportunity to thoroughly review
the plan and provide comments on the proposals. DWR officials will
hold a series of workshops throughout the State to provide information,
respond to questions and concerns and solicit recommendations. This
public participation is vital to the decision-making process and the
eventual implementation of any water use plan.

Again, thank you for your email. In California, we are faced with the
difficult task of regulating a limited water supply so as to guarantee
adequate resources for farming, industry, neighborhoods and wildlife.
Together, we can meet the challenge.

08-21-2005, 07:54 PM
from what i see 6680 cfps for export is twice as much as they give the fish..

08-23-2005, 10:56 AM
When we had issues with upgrading the San Francisco Bay bridge, Gov. Arnold and the southern californians said that the baybridge was a northern california problem and northern california should pay for it all.
Well, water shortage is a southern california problem, they should pay for it. We should charge them a premium then use the money to restore or fisheries and water related wildlife.