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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Update on Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

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Protect the Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Delta) relies on California’s two most significant rivers, the Sacramento and San Joaquin, and is the largest estuary on the West Coast. East Contra Costa County covers a large area within the southwestern Delta. The entire northern border of the County is bound by a waterfront that flows from the Delta to the San Francisco Bay.

A healthy, vibrant Delta is closely tied to the physical, societal, and economic health of those who live, work and recreate in the San Francisco Bay-Delta region and throughout much of the state. 

The Delta tunnel project, known as the "Delta Conveyance Project," is the latest version of a massive State water infrastructure project that would divert water around the Delta. The tunnel takes fresh water out of the Delta, bypassing the ecosystem. Hence, less water goes through the Delta, which improves export water quality at the expense of water quality for those who live and work in the Delta.

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released and is now accepting comments on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) through October 27, 2022. Everyone is invited to visit https://www.deltaconveyanceproject.com to access the document and accompanying informational resources and learn more about the proposed project and the public review process, including public hearing details and commenting opportunities.

If you want to learn more, please get in touch with Ryan Hernandez at 925-655-2919 or by email.

For more information, visit the Contra Costa County Water Agency website.



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