Monday, September 8, 2008

Discover the Delta

Ever considered where your water comes from? (No, I’m not talking about the tap). It’s a pretty important resource, wouldn’t you agree? California has a long history of moving water from where it falls to where it’s needed. The hub of California’s water system is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Water is pumped out of the Delta and sent to Southern California to supply the needs of about 23 million people.

Discover the Delta Foundation is hoping to educate Californians about one of their main water sources. The nonprofit foundation has plans to build a 7,728 square foot information center where visitors will be able to learn about the geography and history of the Delta, as well as local hot spots for bird-watching, kayaking, wine tasting, or whatever interests them. The Information Center hopes to help people understand the region better and in the process, create a sense of value.

Maybe you’ve been following all the water talk in California, maybe not. There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Delta levees, more specifically, the possibility of failure of these levees in the event of an earthquake or flood. One of the hottest debates in California right now is in regard to construction of a canal that would deliver water around the Delta, instead of pumping water from the Delta. Depending upon how you see the Delta may have an impact on what you think about the canal.

For more information visit the Discover the Delta Foundation website at

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