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If not this California delta plan, then what?
If not this California delta plan, then what?

In years of average rainfall, when pumps at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta lift water to two parallel aqueducts to begin the journey to Central Valley fields and Southern California households, the suction reverses the flow of the San Joaquin River, one of the state's two main freshwater arteries. Instead of moving north and west to a series of bays and finally through the Golden Gate to the Pacific, the water is drawn backward, south toward the pumps, taking with it the young salmon and other migratory fish that need to reach the ocean to survive. Many are ground up in the pumps or are drawn near protective screens, where they are easy and predictable prey...

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