clampdaddy wrote:Nabs wrote:Their is so much water stolen that should go out the delta and feed our ocean that the food chain that sustains the habitat has been damaged (maybe beyond repair). The nutrients that stolen water carries has taken the bottom of the food chain awayfrom the ecosystem, can we expect anything less than catastrophic declines in the pacific ocean?
But once upon a time, before year round controlled water releases from man made dams, there were parts of the year when streams and rivers dried up and left little to no water flowing out of the delta and salt water backflowed inland. To allow that now would be deemed catastrophic, but affecting a different ecosystem. Point is, no matter what we do, someone is going to say that we're ing up.
And once upon a time the flood waters raged and flushed the delta and pushed the saltwater out carrying with it huge quantities of nutrients that fed plankton and built the foundation for the green belt that formed outside the bay. The only reason the backflow is now so devastating is the fact the delta has not had a flush in decades, 1986 IIRC.