2013-2014 Opinion Articles

The following selected opinion articles represent the views of the state administration in support of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

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Fate of the Aquifer and The Delta Are Linked

By John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Special to the Desert Sun

After snowmelt cascades out of the mountains in the northern part of California, it enters the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where part of the water is then redirected to 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland across the state.

 The Coachella Valley lies nearly 500 miles south of the Delta, yet it is this water supply that is relied upon to replenish the region’s natural underground water storage, or aquifer. As mentioned in a recent editorial (“Our Voice: Valley aquifer disaster is under our feet”) that Delta water is “traded” for Colorado River water because there is no cost-effective way to move water from the Delta all the way to your community. 

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