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Biological Opinions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Case Law Summary


For decades biologists, water users, and lawmakers (both federal and state) have attempted to craft a system that meets the needs of California water users while ensuring sufficient usable water for fish. Under California's hybrid system of appropriative water rights, users are issued permits for water diverted from rivers and streams regardless of the users' proximity to the source of water. The state of California has issued permits to the Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) to store, divert, and deliver water from the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), which consists of facilities on the Sacramento, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Rivers, including the Shasta, New Melones, and Friant Dams. The Bureau diverts CVP and State Water Project (SWP) water from the southern portion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the southern part of California. Although the amount of water available from the CVP/SWP is relatively constant, notwithstanding periods of drought and periods of excessive rain (e.g., El Niño years), the amount of water diverted from major rivers and their tributaries has increased over time, and fish populations have declined.


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Biological Opinions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Case Law Summary  [Order No: R41876  Release Date: Mar 06,2014  Pages: 9]

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Biological Opinions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Case Law Summary  [Order No: R41876  Release Date: May 03,2013  Pages: 9]

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Biological Opinions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Case Law Summary  [Order No: R41876  Release Date: Sep 13,2012  Pages: 9]

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Biological Opinions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Case Law Summary  [Order No: R41876  Release Date: Jun 21,2011  Pages: 6]