Trouble in the Delta

Jenkins, Matt
February 2006
High Country News;2/6/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p5
The article focuses on the development of environment program in an effort to address the issues affecting the San Francisco Bay Delta in California. A 1994 peace treaty between southern Californian cities, Central Valley farmers, and the state's increasingly powerful environmental advocates led to the creation of CALFED. The ambitious state, federal, and locally funded program promised to ensure reliable water supplies for 23 million people and the Central Valley's farms while restoring the Delta's ecosystem. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have ordered a review of the program by the Little Hoover Commission wherein it has recommended replacing the Bay-Delta Authority with a governance structure that is capable of managing a complex program and resolving conflicts. The author assessed the future prospects of the water management program on the Delta. Finally, CALFED is scrambling to assemble a financing strategy for the future.


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