California Proposes More Water for Fish, Less for Farms and People


A new proposal by the California Water Resources Control Board aims to double the amount of water that flows from the San Joaquin River to the delta and the sea, cutting back on allocations for farms and households to save fish.

“Currently, flows left in some of these tributaries after human diversions are frequently less than 20 percent of natural, or unimpaired, flow,” the report notes. “… After balancing other uses of water, the staff proposal recommends a range of between 30 and 50 percent of unimpaired flow, with a starting point of 40 percent,” it suggests. Ideally, it says, unimpaired flow would be at least 60 percent. – READ MORE

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