June 18, 2008

Water Officials to Hold Meetings on Delta Issues

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Jun. 18--State water officials will host three town hall meetings on Delta issues next week, with the aim of helping the public understand the many studies and programs under way to correct ecological and water delivery problems in the estuary, the largest on the West Coast of the Americas.

Programs involving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta include the governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, emergency response planning, habitat restoration and flood-safety improvements. The public will have a chance at each meeting to learn about these programs, ask questions and share concerns.

The 740,000-acre Delta is witnessing the decline of nine fish species, serious water quality problems, and legal and environmental constraints that have sharply reduced water exports this year.

The various Delta research programs are examining new water delivery plumbing, improved levees, and proposals to increase and improve wildlife habitat. These efforts could affect some communities by dramatically altering land use in the Delta.

The meetings are Monday in Suisun City at Nelson Community Hall, 611 Village Drive; Tuesday in Walnut Grove at the Jean Harvie Community Center, 14273 River Road; and Wednesday in Stockton at the California Building, 31 E. Channel St. All are from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Jeanie Esajian at (916) 445-0464.


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