Currently, up to 6 million acre-feet of water - or about 15% of total statewide use, flows from the Sacramento River into the Delta and is then "exported" through huge pumps in the south Delta by the State and federal governments. This water is then distributed to cities in the central and southern parts of the State, and to farms in the San Joaquin Valley and Tulare basin. A peripheral canal, as proposed by PPIC and others, would divert the water from the Sacramento River before it ever gets to the Delta.
We Californians continue to value our natural environment as we provide reliable water to our growing populations and world-class agricultural economy. The UC Davis scientists have had their say. It is time for the rest of us, especially the many water agencies that are eager to start digging, to figure out if and how a peripheral canal can be built and operated without destroying the Delta.