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Different Views of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: How We See California’s Most Important Ecosystem NOCALL Spring Institute April 13, 2013. David Sandino Senior Staff Counsel, DWR (916) 653-7084 [email protected] What do we mean by the Delta?. Why is the Delta Important?.

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David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino@water ca gov

Different Views of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta:How We See California’s Most Important EcosystemNOCALL Spring Institute April 13, 2013

David Sandino

Senior Staff Counsel, DWR

(916) 653-7084 [email protected]


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

What do we mean

by the Delta?


Why is the delta important

Why is the Delta Important?


Delta fun facts

Delta Fun Facts!

  • 738,000 acres

  • 1,100 miles of levees

  • 700 miles of waterways

  • 57 leveed islands

  • 500 species

  • Supplies water for 25 million people and farms!


Perceptions of the delta

Perceptions of the Delta


Home to native americans

Home to Native Americans


19 th century history

19th Century History


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Delta Communities


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Recreation


Commercial fishing

Commercial Fishing


Agriculture

Agriculture


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Wineries


Transportation commerce

Transportation & Commerce


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Natural Environment


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Water Engineering


Upstream water users

Upstream Water Users


Delta export water users

Delta Export Water Users


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Political Hotspot


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Jones Tract Flooding-2004


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Delta Smelt Index


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

“Actually so much water is moved around California by so many different agencies that maybe only the movers know on any given day whose water it is”


Aerial photography

Aerial Photography


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Infrared Aerial Photography


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Sacramento Delta Deep Water Ship Channel

by Dennis Ziemienski


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Delta Water


Futurists

Futurists


Climate change the delta

Climate Change & the Delta


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Eco-Friendly Vision


Delta wetlands project

Delta Wetlands Project


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Recreational Vision


Draft habitat restoration goals

Draft Habitat Restoration Goals

Accelerated habitat restoration in the Delta

  • 30,000 acres of aquatic habitat in the first 15 years.

More than 100,000 acres of restored and protected habitat.


Draft dual conveyance with pipeline tunnel

Draft Dual Conveyance with Pipeline/Tunnel

  • Conveyance facility would feature:

  • Gravity flow

  • Three proposed intakes of 9,000 cfs capacity

  • Three state-of-the-art fish screens

  • A 925-acre Intermediate Forebay for temporarily storing the water pumped from the river

  • Two tunnels 35 miles long under th eDelta

Preliminary Draft – Subject to Change


David sandino senior staff counsel dwr 916 653 7084 dsandino water ca gov

Thank You For the Dialogue!


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