The management of the quantity and timing of freshwater flow into and through the San Francisco Estuary (SFE) is a perennial source of controversy in California. It is well known that freshwater outflow is a major environmental driver in estuarine ecosystems, including the SFE. However, the estuary is also the hub of California’s water distribution system, which supplies water to over 25 million Californians and a multibillion-dollar agricultural industry. This tension between water supply and maintaining flows to maintain environmental quality is at the core of the controversy.
|Title||Introduction to the Delta Smelt flow alteration white papers|
|Authors||Larry R. Brown|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||California Water Science Center|