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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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Managing the Inevitable

Managing the Inevitable

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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

Before the European settlement, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was one of California's most dynamic landscapes. Today's Delta is unstable and has significantly changed from its historic condition. It faces inevitable changes in landscape, economy, and ecology, driven by land subsidence, changing inflows, sea-level rise, earthquakes, and biological invasions. All these changes increase future risks of Delta island flooding. This chapter focuses on the state's investments to resist or manage these changes through levee improvements and repairs. The Delta Levee Subventions Program, in particular, has significantly reduced levee failures and is the most important state investments in Delta levees today.

Keywords:   European settlement, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, land subsidence, changing inflows, sea-level rise, earthquakes, biological invasions, flooding, Delta Levee Subventions Program

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