Water Allocation in the Bay/Delta (California)

by Art Bruington, Water Resources Consultant, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


The California Water Resources Control Board is conducting hearings, over the period July, 1987 to 1991, to review beneficial uses of the water tributary to, within, and exported from the Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and San Francisco Bay. About 16 million acre feet per year is tributary to the Delta, of which about 9 million af/yr is used by agriculture and about 2 million af/yr is used for urban water needs. Because of delay in construction of water supply facilities and through the application of new court rulings, there is not enough developed water supply available in the system to meet all of the demands all of the time. The final determination by the Board will likely be an allocation of shortages.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Water supply systems | Water management | Water resources | Municipal water | Water supply | Rivers and streams | Water quality | California | United States

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