For over 50 years, California has been pumping water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for extensive urban and agricultural uses around the state. Today, the Delta is ailing and in urgent need of a new management strategy. This report concludes that building a peripheral canal to carry water around the Delta is the most promising way to balance two critical policy goals: reviving a threatened ecosystem and ensuring a reliable, high-quality water supply for California.
More information can be found in the following supporting appendices:
Interactive Map: Voting Patterns on Proposition 9 (Peripheral Canal), June 1982
Interactive Map: A Multi-Purpose, Eco-Friendly Delta
Interactive Feature: Delta Island Flooding (With Repairs)
Interactive Feature: Delta Island Flooding (No Repairs)