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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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What a Changing Delta Means for the ecosystem and its fish

What a Changing Delta Means for the ecosystem and its fish

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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

Over the last decade, fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem has substantially declined. In the Delta, the water allocation strategy has resulted in a diminishing proportion of the water being made available for fish or ecosystem needs. This chapter addresses whether alternatives to the present through-Delta pumping strategy can transform the Delta ecosystem into a favorable habitat for desirable fish species and other organisms. It begins by discussing the basic concepts and premises that must underlie any rebuilding of the Delta ecosystem and then assesses the likely responses of key species to general export strategies. It concludes with a brief discussion of initiatives to manage the Delta as a resilient ecosystem that maintains desirable characteristics, as it adjusts to natural and human-induced climatic variability.

Keywords:   fish populations, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water allocation, through-Delta pumping strategy, export strategies

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