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Report · February 2007

Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, William Fleenor, Jeffrey Mount, Richard Howitt, and Peter Moyle

California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is widely perceived to be in crisis today: its levee system is fragile, many of its native species are declining rapidly, and it lacks strong governing institutions to deal with its problems. In its current state, the Delta is unsustainable for almost all stakeholders. This report provides a comprehensive, scientifically up-to-date analysis and outlines several alternative management strategies for the Delta.

To view individual chapters, click on the links below.



The Legacies of Delta History

Drivers of Change Within the Delta

The Future of the Delta as an Aquatic Ecosystem

A Crisis of Confidence: Shifting Stakeholder Perspectives on the Delta

Water Supply Adaptations to Changes in Delta Management

Delta Options and Alternatives

Evaluating Delta Alternatives

Financing and Governing a Soft Landing

Conclusions and Recommendations

Maps (full-color)


Floods Freshwater Ecosystems Water Supply Water, Land & Air