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American River Water Flows Increased To Fight Salinity

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy. The intent of the bill is to make additional funding available to improve and preserve the American River Parkway in Sacramento County.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.

State and federal water managers are fighting to prevent San Francisco Bay salinity from intruding into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Sacramento Bee reports the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation increased water releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River yesterday as they did late last month. 

Because of drought and very low snow melt, there isn’t enough natural runoff from the Sierra Nevada to hold salt water out of the Delta.

Controlling salinity is essential because the Delta provides fresh water to 23 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland.