Flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is charged with preserving, enhancing and restoring the quality of California’s water resources – and ensuring their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations. One aspect of that mission is determining flow standards for waterways feeding the Delta. Unfortunately, the SWRCB has failed to use science to guide its decisions, recommending arbitrary flow standards that would inflict serious harm on ratepayers and the California economy. Californians deserve a water board that uses data, not groundless assumptions, to govern management of our most precious natural resource.


March 21, 2013: Sacramento Bee – Should state dedicate more flows for salmon? No, plan could hurt San Joaquin Valley farms

March 20, 2013: Modesto Bee – Water debate in Sacramento draws valley growers

March 19, 2013: KQED – Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow?

March 18, 2013: Stockton Record – River debate swiftly flowing

March 9, 2013: Merced Sun Star – Showdown Over Salmon: River plan would require more water for the fish

March 5, 2013: Modesto Bee Letter – Water proposal could cost millions

January 25, 2013: Modesto Bee – Water posturing stifles compromise

January 13, 2013: Manteca Bulletin – State Plan: Sacrifice Northern San Joaquin Valley economy for questionable fish gains

January 4, 2013: Central Valley Business Times – Water users blast State Water Board’s proposed decision

September 4, 2012: Watermaster letter addressing future actions related to USBR violation

August 21, 2012: Press release – United States Bureau of Reclamation Violates Spring Flow Objectives on San Joaquin River

August 8, 2012: Response letter from Bureau of Reclamation to Delta Watermaster regarding violation of spring  flow objectives

July 31, 2012: California Resources Secretary John Laird Defends BDCP

July 18, 2012: Notice of the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s violation of spring flow objectives on San Joaquin River from the Delta Watermaster

May 14, 2012: Delta Stewardship Council April comment letter on the January 24, Supplemental Documentation for the Update and Implementation of the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary

April 11, 2012: Water Allocations Tights Despite Full Reservoirs

April 1, 2012: Press Release – State Water Resources Control Board Proposal Could Devastate Valley Economy

March 2012: Flows and the Delta: The Consequences of Using a One-Dimensional Approach to Address a Complex Problem

March 2012: National Research Council Study: Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta

February 23, 2012: Press Release – State Water Resources Control Board Study on Hydroelectric Power Along Key Delta Tributaries Ignores Key Information