Fish Kill Brewing
So, now that the 800,000 acre feet of water is gone, there isn't enough to keep the salt water out of the Delta now.
Jun 23, 2014
The article below about water flows on the American River looks harmless enough, unless you pay attention to what's been happening during the past 8 or 9 months with California water policy.
Remember when 800,000 acre feet of water was allowed to flow to the ocean last fall(Californians Lose 800,000 Acre Feet of Water)? That was purportedly for the health of the Delta and to push the X2 line further West. The X2 line is where the fresh water from the Delta meets the salt water from the San Francisco Bay, generally in or around the Carquinez Straight.
Enviros are always pushing for more water flowing through the Delta to push the X2 line closer to the Golden Gate. So, now that the 800,000 acre feet of water is gone, there isn't enough to keep the salt water out of the Delta now. Not only did we not get the water for our farms, but now it's not available when it's really needed for the health of the Delta.
The salt water will now be a problem for Delta residents who rely on the Delta for fresh water, and the lack of flows will cause the sewage dumped into the Delta to be extremely toxic at higher concentration levels(The Great Delta Toilet Bowl). A massive fish kill could be brewing.
We fear that somehow farmers in the Central Valley will end up with less water because of this, if it's possible to get less than zero.
By the way, has anyone ever thought of building a dike or dam across the Carquinez Straight to keep the salt water out of the Delta? Then we wouldn't have to use millions of acre feet of water to keep pushing it out to sea.
Water flows into the American River were increased Tuesday, despite the ongoing drought, because state and federal officials are fighting to keep salinity from San Francisco Bay from intruding into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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