CAWaterSeries http://kvpr.org en California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-5-bay-delta-conservation-plan-solution-future <p>Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs California has ever attempted. But its proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has also become one of the most controversial.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23117 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-4-delta-place-called-home <p>The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.</p><p>Before I set out to do this story, I&rsquo;d only been to the Delta a few times. And when I had, it was just a scenic drive from Sacramento down Highway 160, which parallels the Sacramento River. Turns out, that&rsquo;s not the ideal way to get to know the Delta.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23114 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-3-food-farms-and-delta-water <p>California is the nation&rsquo;s largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it&rsquo;s been cut back year after year.</p><p>California&#39;s farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year. Without water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to arid Central Valley land, much of the produce we get in restaurants and grocery stores wouldn&#39;t come from California.</p><p>At Magpie Cafe in Sacramento, co-owner and Chef Ed Roehr sits down just as the lunch crowd is thinning.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:44:32 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23051 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water California Water Series Part 2: The Delta's Fragile Ecology http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-2-deltas-fragile-ecology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary. Now thousands of miles of fragile levees surround artificial islands below sea level. More than 90 percent of wetlands have disappeared, and native fish are dying.</span></p><p>Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water marsh on the West Coast. It&rsquo;s at the Delta&rsquo;s western most edge. &nbsp;<a href="http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/">University of California Davis</a> researchers set out on a boat in Montezuma Slough, which connects the Sacramento River to Suisun Bay.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 22965 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 2: The Delta's Fragile Ecology California's Water Supply, A 700-Mile Journey http://kvpr.org/post/californias-water-supply-700-mile-journey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project rely on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to bring water to central and southern California. Amy Quinton takes us on a 700 mile journey following California&#39;s water supply.</span></p><p>Engineers drive me through a tunnel on an electric cart. We&rsquo;re going down to the Hyatt Power Plant, which lies under rock at the bottom of the Oroville Dam.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:27:55 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 22964 at http://kvpr.org California's Water Supply, A 700-Mile Journey