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  • Achieving State Goals for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Achieving State Goals for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Legislative Analyst's Office | January 15, 2015...
    Summary

    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) is a biodiverse ecosystem that covers about 1,150 square miles and supports over 700 species of fish and...

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  • Aquatic Ecosystem Stressors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Aquatic Ecosystem Stressors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Public Policy Institute of California | May 5, 2012...
    Summary

    This report presents results from an analysis of the institutional and legal options for more effective ecosystem management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta....

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  • Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic, or Simply Cantankerous?

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    Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic, or Simply Cantankerous?

    Delta Stewardship Council | April 9, 2015...
    Summary

    In 2014, the California Natural Resources Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior asked the authors of this paper, as four former...

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  • Changing ecosystems: a brief ecological history of the Delta

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    Changing ecosystems: a brief ecological history of the Delta

    U.C. Davis Center for Watershed Sciences | February 15, 2010...
    Summary

    The San Francisco Estuary is a young estuary, about 6-10,000 years old in its present location. It became established during periods of high...

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  • Collateral Damage: A citizen’s guide to fish kills and habitat degradation at the state and federal water project pumps in the Delta

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    Collateral Damage: A citizen’s guide to fish kills and habitat degradation at the state and federal water project pumps in the Delta

    The Bay Institute | March 1, 2012...
    Summary

    Large-scale fish kills and habitat destruction aren’t an unusual occurrence at the giant federal and state pumps that export water from the Sacramento-San...

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  • Factors Affecting Marsh Vegetation at the Liberty Island Conservation Bank in the Cache Slough Region of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, California

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    Factors Affecting Marsh Vegetation at the Liberty Island Conservation Bank in the Cache Slough Region of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, California

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) | July 5, 2017...
    Summary

    The Liberty Island Conservation Bank (LICB) is a tidal freshwater marsh restored for the purpose of mitigating adverse effects on sensitive fish populations...

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  • Flows and Fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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    Flows and Fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    Delta Independent Science Board | August 1, 2015...
    Summary

    Record-low counts of Delta smelt at a time of persistent drought underscore the importance and challenges of managing freshwater flows for the benefit...

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  • From the Sierra to the Sea: The Ecological History of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed

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    From the Sierra to the Sea: The Ecological History of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed

    The Bay Institute | January 1, 1998...
    Summary

    A vast watershed connects the mountain streams surrounding California’s Central Valley with San Francisco Bay and the ocean beyond. Over the course of...

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  • Gone with the flow

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    Gone with the flow

    The Bay Institute | August 1, 2010...
    Summary

    The Bay Institute's primer Gone with the Flow describes in plain language how runoff flowing from the mountain watersheds ringing California’s Central Valley...

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  • Habitat Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh: A Review of Science Programs

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    Habitat Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh: A Review of Science Programs

    Delta Independent Science Board | April 25, 2013...
    Summary

    Current plans call for the restoration of tens of thousands of acres of mainly intertidal habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun...

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  • Historical Fresh Water and Salinity Conditions in the Western Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Bay

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    Historical Fresh Water and Salinity Conditions in the Western Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Bay

    Contra Costa Water District | February 23, 2010...
    Summary

    The watershed of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta (Delta) provides drinking water to more than 23 million Californians as well as irrigation water for...

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  • Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation

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    Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation

    Public Policy Institute of California | April 5, 2011...
    Summary

    In this book, we explore solutions for the modern era, when water management must become more balanced and flexible to support both economic...

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  • Review of SWRCB’s “Working Draft Scientific Basis Report for New and Revised Flow Requirements on the Sacramento River and Tributaries, Eastside Tributaries to the Delta, Delta Outflow, and Interior Delta Operations”

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    Review of SWRCB’s “Working Draft Scientific Basis Report for New and Revised Flow Requirements on the Sacramento River and Tributaries, Eastside Tributaries to the Delta, Delta Outflow, and Interior Delta Operations”

    Delta Independent Science Board | February 23, 2017...
    Summary

    Insightful, informative, well-illustrated, clearly written—these are among our overall impressions of “Working Draft Scientific Basis Report for New and Revised Flow Requirements on...

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  • Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species

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    Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species

    Public Policy Institute of California | April 5, 2012...
    Summary

    This report proposes a reconciliation approach for addressing 160 years of accumulated problems and for managing the Delta’s ecosystem in the future. Reconciliation...

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