Two of the barriers would be aimed at reducing freshwater outflows from the Sacramento River, allowing it to better hold back sediment that would creep in from San Francisco Bay as river flows dwindle because of the drought.
The goal of the other barrier would be to keep salinity from seeping into the central Delta.
The Sacramento Bee reports () that the California Department of Water Resources is scrambling to obtain permits for the project, which could cost as much as $40 million. The goal is to place the barriers as soon as May 1.
But the plan is drawing criticism from farmers who draw irrigation water from the channels that would be dammed.
California is experiencing one of its wettest winters in years. But farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley still won’t receive a full supply of water from the federal Central Valley Project.
Some farmers who rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project may receive more water than they’ve had in several years. Others will have to wait until mid-March to find out what their allocations will be.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has voted to continue its drought emergency while other counties are looking at lifting conservation measures.
A UC Santa Cruz study finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years.
Today's Sierra snowpack survey has scientists with the California Department of Water Resources optimistic about the state's water supply.