Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River in California, between Jersey and Bradford islands since June, is underway with a breach in the barrier on October 1, 2015. The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from San Francisco Bay. The Delta’s water is used by 25 million Californians, including residents of the Delta and Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. DWR’s State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project convey Delta water through their aqueducts to distant parts of the state. Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY AND WATERSHED SCIENCE JOURNAL: Mitigating land subsidence in the Delta; Effects of the drought and emergency drought barrier on the Delta; Study of tagged juvenile salmon released above Shasta Dam; and more …

Photo by Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources

In this edition of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science Journal:

Chemically Enhanced Treatment Wetland to Improve Water Quality and Mitigate Land Subsidence in the Sacramento‒San Joaquin Delta: Cost and Design Considerations: Philip A. M. Bachand, Tamara E. C. Kraus, William R. Horwath, Nathan R. Hatch, Sandra M. Bachand

Effects of Drought and the Emergency Drought Barrier on the Ecosystem of the California Delta: Wim Kimmerer, Frances Wilkerson, Bryan Downing, Richard Dugdale, Edward S. Gross, Karen Kayfetz, Shruti Khanna, Alexander E. Parker, Janet Thompson

Chemical and Toxicological Impacts to Cache Slough Following Storm-Driven Contaminant Inputs: Donald P. Weston, Christoph Moschet, Thomas M. Young, Nadhirah Johanif, Helen C. Poynton, Kaley M. Major, Richard E. Connon, Simone Hasenbein

Movement and Apparent Survival of Acoustically Tagged Juvenile Late-Fall Run Chinook Salmon Released Upstream of Shasta Reservoir, California: John Plumb, Amy Hansen, Noah Adams, Scott Evans, John Hannon

The Role of Seed Bank and Germination Dynamics in the Restoration of a Tidal Freshwater Marsh in the Sacramento‒San Joaquin Delta: Taylor M. Sloey, Mark W. Hester

View all articles in this edition by clicking here.


San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science is an open access journal providing peer-reviewed research about the complex environmental and water management issues of the Bay‒Delta, linking new science to policy with great impact. SFEWS‘s regional focus offers authors a chance to publish research that may uncover novel solutions to help solve some of the most significant problems that California policymakers are addressing today,

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