An emergency drought barrier in the Delta installed in 2015 at West False River, to help keep salt water out of the Delta and preserve water in upstream reservoirs, Kelly M. Grow/ DWR

NOTICE: Water Quality Certification Application Filed for the 2021 Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier Project

The California Department of Water Resources has filed an application for water quality certification with the State Water Resources Control Board for the 2021 Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier Project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The California Department of Water Resources has applied for certification to install an emergency drought salinity barrier at West False River to help preserve water quality by reducing saltwater intrusion into the SacramentoSan Joaquin Delta (Delta) during the 2021drought conditions. The emergency temporary rock barrier will prevent tidedriven saltwater from pushing too deeply into the central and south Delta, help protect water supplies used by people who live in the Delta and in Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties, and allow water managers to retain more water in upstream reservoirs for release later in the year.

NOTE: This will likely be part of the discussion at tomorrow’s (Tuesday) State Water Board meeting.  The Board, already receiving several speaker comment cards, has issued a notice that Agenda Item 5 – Drought Update will not begin before 2:00 p.m.   Click here for the agenda and remote access instructions.



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