Climate change is reducing our water supply and threatening access for millions of Californians. This project proposal, redesigned after input from the public and Governor Newsom, aims to protect access for millions of Californians. The release of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is a milestone in the state’s water strategy.
Governor Gavin Newsom today reaffirmed his support for the revised Delta Conveyance Project plan, emphasizing how critical the project is to protecting millions of people’s waterways against threats from climate change. From day one, the governor promised to right-size this project to a tunnel and accept an all-of-the-above approach to protecting California’s waterways.
Why it is necessary
California is expected to lose 10% of its water supply due to warmer and drier conditions, threatening the water supply for millions of Californians. Severe weather bursts result in more extreme swings between droughts and floods; California’s 60-year-old water infrastructure was not built for these climate impacts. During the atmospheric rivers of January, the Delta Conveyance Project could have obtained enough water for 2.3 million people’s annual use.
HOW TO DO IT: The revised design of the Delta Conveyance Project will capture and transfer more water during the rainy season to better survive the dry season. The tunnel, a modernization of the infrastructure system that delivers water to millions of people, will improve California’s ability to take advantage of heavy rains and excess flows of the Sacramento River. It will also help protect against the risk of an earthquake cutting off water supplies to millions of Californians, which is now a 72% chance of 6.7+ magnitude in the area.
What Governor Newsom said: “Climate change threatens our access to clean drinking water, reducing future supplies for millions of Californians; doing nothing is not an option. After the three driest years on record, we don’t have the infrastructure to take full advantage of a wetter year, which will be even more critical as our weather transitions between extremes. This proposed project is essential to updating our water system for millions of Californians. This new approach, redesigned with community and environmental input, is how we can build a California of the future.
For more information, click here for the Department of Water Resources press release.