AquAlliance exists to defend northern California waters and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of the northern Sacramento River watershed. We are prepared and willing to confront the escalating attempts to divert more and more water from the northern Sacramento River hydrologic region.
Proposed 10-Year Water Transfer Program could send 600,000 acre-feet of Northern California water south.
Click here to read EIS/EIR and why AquAlliance and others think it’s a bad idea.
3.20.15 – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and San Luis/Delta Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) released a final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) that responds to public comment on the September 30, 2014 draft 10-Year Water Transfer Program that could send 600,000 acre-feet of Sacramento Valley water south of the Delta. When combined with additional state approved transfers, the total could be over 800,000 acre-feet per year. The majority of the transfer water may come from groundwater substitution....Read more
Costs vs. Benefits of Big Water Projects: When compared with urban water efficiency, the water storage projects that would be half-funded by the November water bond have very high per-project costs, low yield, and immensely high costs per acre-foot of water. Increasing urban water efficiency only costs about $112 per acre-foot while raising Shasta dam is over $23,000 per acre-foot and building Sites reservoir is almost $6,000 an acre-foot. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons of water, enough to last two average California households a year for outdoor and indoor uses.)
Sources for AquAlliance’s Bar Graph: Shasta: Bureau of Reclamation, Plan Formulation Appendices, 2013; Temperance Flat: DWR, Temperance Flat Reservoir FAQ, 2007; Sites: DWR, Sites Reservoir FAQ, 2007; Urban Water Efficiency: CalFed Bay Delta Program, Water Use Efficiency Element, 2006 (pp. 126, 130)