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Fixing the Delta

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Aired 4/19/09

Just how much water can San Diego expect from Northern California in the future? That's one of the questions a task force aims to answer at a meeting here this afternoon. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

 

The Delta Vision Task Force is charged with finding solutions to the state's water supply issues. It focuses on ways to fix the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

 

The Delta is a 600-mile series of dams, reservoirs, pumps and pipelines which is the heart of the State Water Project. It sends water to at least 25 million Californians and provides more than 30 percent of San Diego's water.

 

Threats to the Delta include aged and deteriorating levees susceptible to collapse from an earthquake.

 

John Kirlin is the executive director of Delta Vision. He says the task force will explain San Diego's role in conserving water and finding ways to develop more local supplies.

 

Kirlin: San Diego won't be singled out. Everyone's going to have to contribute to crafting a better future. California as everyone knows is going to grow to roughly 50 million people by 2050. Current water consumption levels there's no way we can accommodate that growth in population.

 

He says that means everyone needs to learn how to be more efficient with the water supply.

 

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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