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Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta$
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Jay Lund

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261976

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261976.001.0001

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Charting the future for a changing delta

Charting the future for a changing delta

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Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

Jay R. Lund

Ellen Hanak

William E. Fleenor

William A. Bennett

Richard E. Howitt

Jeffrey F. Mount

Peter B. Moyle

University of California Press

Sea-level rise, earthquakes, land subsidence, and higher winter flood flows increase the risks of Delta island failures and the costs of preventing and recovering from failures. To solve these problems, California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will require governance, regulatory, and financial mechanisms and institutions that allow firm decisions for effective Delta management. This chapter summarizes the conclusions regarding the Delta's changing landscape, the potential for improving the Delta's ecosystem, the alternatives for managing water exports from the Delta, and the regulatory and governance challenges that lie ahead. All of these issues are addressed as part of a proactive management strategy for the new Delta.

Keywords:   sea-level rise, earthquakes, land subsidence, flood, island failures, management strategy

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