Thursday, September 24, 2009

East Bay MUD Worried About Peripheral Canal

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

East Bay MUD officials are worried that a peripheral canal could end up forcing the agency to release more water into the fragile Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta during dry years, thereby worsening drought conditions in the East Bay, according to the Chron. The proposed canal, which has spurred disagreement within the environmental community, would divert about 6 million gallons of freshwater from the delta annually. In normal and wet years, the diversion probably wouldn't affect the East Bay Municipal Utility District, but in dry years, the lack of freshwater in the Delta could force the agency to release more water from its dams on the Mokelumne River. That, in turn, would mean less water for the East Bay when it needs it the most.

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