The State Water Resources Control Board is required by law to regularly review its conservation and water quality plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. To help increase the fish populations, the State has proposed large increases to water releases on the Tuolumne River, a plan that could dramatically reduce water reservoir levels for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).
The SFPUC has developed an alternative to the State’s Bay-Delta Plan that will provide better outcomes for both the fish and our residents. We have spent $25 million studying the Tuolumne River to specifically understand how to best increase fish populations in that river. The State’s Bay Delta Plan is not based on, nor does it rely on, site-specific science studies of the Tuolumne River.
The SFPUC has a proud history of pioneering progressive conservation policies. San Francisco was the first city in the nation to adopt legislation requiring large development projects to do onsite water recycling. We also sponsored legislation to help California establish public health standards for these water recycling systems that will help other localities do the same. We support the environment and we want the same outcomes for the Bay Delta—a healthy, thriving ecosystem for local fish and wildlife.
But we are also in charge of maintaining water reliability for 2.7 million residents in the Bay Area, and with climate change bringing on increased uncertainty, it is our duty to prepare responsibly for the future. The future of our City is a stake and we are planning accordingly.
The SCIENCE: ⇒ The science backing our plan
The SUPPORT: ⇒ Why Governor Brown and Governor-Elect Newsom support voluntary settlements
The PLAN: ⇒ A better balance for the Tuolumne
The NEWS: ⇒ Find out the latest developments
- S.F. Chronicle, November 5, 2018: Buying a myth on California water impedes real-world solutions
- S.F. Chronicle, November 2, 2018: SF Mayor Breed vetoes supervisors’ resolution that supported state river plan
- S.F. Chronicle, October 29, 2018: Letters to the Editor: Diversify Supply
- S.F. Examiner, August 22, 2018: Supporting a Bay-Delta Plan that balances water reliability and environmental sustainability
S.F. Chronicle, August 19, 2018: California water wars: State plans to cut SF’s Sierra supply to save delta