'There it Is: Take it' Endangered Species and Water Management in the San Francisco Bay Delta
46 Pages Posted: 21 May 2007
This paper explores endangered species and water management in the San Francisco Bay Delta. Two endangered species, the Delta Smelt and the Winter-run Chinook Salmon, use the Bay Delta for crucial portions of their life cycle. At the same time, California's agricultural industry, as well as population centers to the South, require substantial outflows of Bay-Delta water. The paper explores the multi-jurisdictional regulation of the Bay-Delta's water, takes a hard look at the purported success of the Environmental Water Account (EWA) program, and reports on the tensions between scientists at regulatory agencies and the political appointees who oversee them. We conclude that the EWA has done very little for species preservation and an awful lot for agricultural interests.
Keywords: Endangered Species Act, federalism, water rights, environment
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