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Some Scientific Agreement on How to Help Health of Delta



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Public Policy Institute of California asked scientists to rank the most promising steps to improve fish habitat in the Delta.
 
It found high consensus on actions such as expanding floodplains and tidal marshes, more variability in water flow and reduced water exports.
 
Scientists strongly disagreed or were uncertain about engineering solutions - such as the construction of tunnels.
 
The report comes as the state prepares the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which proposes constructing tunnels to divert water from the Delta and make multi-billion dollar investments to improve fish habitat.
 
Other groups- such as water agency representatives, agencies that divert water or discharge pollutants, environmentalists, and fishing interests were also part of the survey.
 
The report found they were aligned with the scientists in their rankings, but chose steps that would shift financial burdens to others.
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