Tuesday, September 13, 2005

American River Flow Deal

As this article from today's Sacramento Bee notes, a good deal has been made for the river, for the salmon, and for the Parkway, but many details remain.

ARPPS's focus next year will be on water supply, and the details that need resolving to make the implementation of this new agreement on river flows a good one.

Deal goes with the flow to boost American River
By Matt Weiser -- Bee Staff WriterPublished 2:15 am PDT Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Stranded fish and stuck boats could become a summertime memory on the lower American River, thanks to a long-awaited agreement to boost water flows.

The deal, endorsed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, increases minimum flows in the American River below Folsom Dam year round.

Proponents call it good for fish, anglers and others who enjoy the American River Parkway.
The agreement, especially important in late summer and fall when natural runoff declines and water demand soars, probably won't be implemented until 2007 at the earliest.

Some operational details still need to be worked out, but agreement on the flow numbers is being hailed as a landmark in Sacramento water policy.

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