Wednesday, June 18, 2008

State water officials to discuss Delta future in Suisun City

Suisun City will be ground zero next week for the statewide discussion of the future of the Sacramento Delta and Suisun Marsh.

From 6 -8 p.m. Monday June 23 at the Nelson Center (corner of Merganser and Village Drives), state officials will hold one of three town hall meetings to discuss how to balance water delivery and protecting the environment.

Here's what the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday:

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.

Click here for more information on the Town Hall meetings
Click here to go to the Delta Vision website,

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