California Fights Hard Against Rising Tide

Bergeron, Angelle
April 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;4/17/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 15, p10
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The article focuses on the problem of flooding and levee breaches in San Joaquin Valley of California. California's 1,600-mile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta levee system was built to channel the Sacramento, Consumnes, Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers and the lacy Delta region where they converge en route to San Francisco Bay. The system serves the dual purpose of providing flood protection and funneling 7.5 million-acre-feet of water to drinking water transmission pumps. According to California's Department of Water Resources, there are unusually high risk of flooding due to record-breaking rains and a huge snow pack in the mountains.


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