The 1.18 million acre-feet of water dedicated to environment in the CALFED Record of Decision has basically vanished. Its disappearance is one of the reasons that pelagic fish populations in the Delta have collapsed.
The Department of Water Resources’ proposed “sustainability outlook indicators” for a healthy economy thus completely fail to consider the greenhouse gas footprint of the State Water Project, Central Valley Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct.
Defining what resilience means for investments of $4.75 billion in climate resilience is essential.
The proposed Del Puerto Canyon reservoir would inundate active landslides. This creates the risk of a lake tsunami, which could cause failure of the dam. Experts call for a geotechnical evaluation of the site.