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  • Accounting for Water “Wasted to the Sea”

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    Accounting for Water “Wasted to the Sea”

    San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science | April 19, 2018...
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    Freshwater outflow from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is a contentious management issue. Once mixed with salt water of San Francisco Bay, outflow is...

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  • Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan (Bay Delta Plan)

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    Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan (Bay Delta Plan)

    California State Water Resources Control Board | December 13, 2006...
    Summary

    "Bay Delta Plan" is short for the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Water Board) San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary Water Quality...

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  • Carriage Water

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    Carriage Water

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | September 26, 2001...
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    Carriage water is defined as marginal export costs, that is, the extra water needed to carry a unit of water across the Delta...

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  • Development of Flow Criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem

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    Development of Flow Criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem

    California State Water Resources Control Board | August 4, 2010...
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    Water Code section 85086 (See Appendix B), contained in the Delta Reform Act, was enacted as part of the comprehensive package of water...

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  • Ecosystem variability along the estuarine salinity gradient: Examples from long-term study of San Francisco Bay

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    Ecosystem variability along the estuarine salinity gradient: Examples from long-term study of San Francisco Bay

    Limnology and Oceanography | March 25, 2017...
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    The salinity gradient of estuaries plays a unique and fundamental role in structuring spatial patterns of physical properties, biota, and biogeochemical processes. We...

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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...
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    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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  • Functional Flows in Modified Riverscapes: Hydrographs, Habitats and Opportunities

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    Functional Flows in Modified Riverscapes: Hydrographs, Habitats and Opportunities

    BioScience | August 5, 2015...
    Summary

    Building on previous environmental flow discussions and a growing recognition that hydrogeomorphic processes are inherent in the ecological functionality and biodiversity of riverscapes,...

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  • Gone with the flow

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    Gone with the flow

    The Bay Institute | August 1, 2010...
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    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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  • Innovation in Monitoring: The U.S. Geological Survey Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, California, Flow-Station Network

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    Innovation in Monitoring: The U.S. Geological Survey Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, California, Flow-Station Network

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) | January 1, 2016...
    Summary

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) installed the first gage to measure the flow of water into California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta from the...

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  • Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

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    Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

    California State Water Resources Control Board | February 18, 2011...
    Summary

    Chapter 5 of the 2009-10 Seventh Extraordinary Session (SB X7 1, Simitian) directs the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to...

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  • Letter to State Water Board re: Flow Criteria that use Percent of Unimpaired Flow

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    Letter to State Water Board re: Flow Criteria that use Percent of Unimpaired Flow

    Delta Independent Science Board | May 22, 2012...
    Summary

    The proposed use of percent of unimpaired flow is a step toward improving the outlook for fish and other wildlife utilizing the San...

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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...
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    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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  • Old and Middle River Flow Review: USGS Gauge Readings versus Index Calculations for 2011 through 2017

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    Old and Middle River Flow Review: USGS Gauge Readings versus Index Calculations for 2011 through 2017

    Department of Water Resources | November 17, 2017...
    Summary

    This report will demonstrate the strong flow correlation between the United States Geological Survey gages at the Old and Middle Rivers (USGS OMR),...

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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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  • San Francisco Bay: A Freshwater Starved Estuary

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    San Francisco Bay: A Freshwater Starved Estuary

    The Bay Institute | September 1, 2016...
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    How Reducing Flows Harms The Ecosystems Of San Francisco Bay And Coastal Waters The Bay Institute’s major new study, San Francisco Bay: The...

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  • San Joaquin River Flow and Southern Delta Salinity Technical Report

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    San Joaquin River Flow and Southern Delta Salinity Technical Report

    State Water Resources Control Board | October 10, 2011...
    Summary

    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is in the process of reviewing the San Joaquin River (SJR) flow objectives for...

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  • Scientific Basis Report in Support of New and Modified Requirements for Inflows from the Sacramento River and its Tributaries and Eastside Tributaries to the Delta, Delta Outflows, Cold Water Habitat, and Interior Delta Flows

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    Scientific Basis Report in Support of New and Modified Requirements for Inflows from the Sacramento River and its Tributaries and Eastside Tributaries to the Delta, Delta Outflows, Cold Water Habitat, and Interior Delta Flows

    State Water Resources Control Board | October 2, 2017...
    Summary

    The State Water Board is conducting a review and update of the 2006 Bay?Delta Plan to ensure that beneficial uses of water in...

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  • Synthesis of Studies in the Fall Low-Salinity Zone of the San Francisco Estuary, September–December 2011

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    Synthesis of Studies in the Fall Low-Salinity Zone of the San Francisco Estuary, September–December 2011

    USGS | July 14, 2014...
    Summary

    In fall 2011, a large-scale investigation (fall low-salinity habitat investigation) was implemented by the Bureau of Reclamation in cooperation with the Interagency Ecological...

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  • The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: The Evolution and Implementation of Water Policy: An Historical Perspective

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    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: The Evolution and Implementation of Water Policy: An Historical Perspective

    San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science | June 1, 1977...
    Summary

    This report is a history of the attempts to control the encroachment of salinity from San Francisco Bay into the Delta of the...

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