Seeking Sensible Bay-Delta Solutions

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Seeking Sensible
Bay-Delta Solutions

California needs a Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta that is ecologically healthy and capable of reliably providing water that two-thirds of the state’s people rely upon. However, implementing a long-term solution to the Bay-Delta’s many challenges is a daunting, complex task.

The Water Authority Board spent considerable time reviewing efforts to move a plan for fixing the Bay-Delta forward. It held several workshops to hear viewpoints from a variety of Bay-Delta stakeholders, including Metropolitan Water District, the State and Federal Water Contractors Authority, the Delta Protection Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Delta Stewardship Council, and several Bay-Delta communities.

In February, the Water Authority Board affirmed its support for a “right-sized” long-term solution to the Bay-Delta that ensures the environmental health of the Delta and provides stable, reliable water supplies water agencies need and at an affordable cost for which water agencies make firm commitments to pay and are willing to pay for. The Board endorsed a set of policy principles to guide staff in evaluating projects and actions relating to the Bay-Delta. The principles cover water supply reliability, ecosystem restoration, finance and funding, facility size, and access to and governance of State Water Project facilities.


What is the

The Bay-Delta is a 1,000-square-mile network of islands and waterways at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers east of San Francisco Bay. It is a key water supply source for California, including the 3.1 million residents and business community in San Diego County. In recent years, approximately 22 percent of the region’s water has come from the Bay-Delta.