GET THE FACTS - A BETTER PLAN
The plan approved by the State Water Resources Control Board would dramatically reduce the Bay Area’s water supply, leaving it subject to significant ration during droughts and extreme weather conditions brought on by climate change.
The SFPUC with its partners on the Tuolumne River, the Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts, have developed an alternative to the State’s Bay-Delta Plan that will provide better outcomes for both the fish and our residents. We have worked with our partners and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on a voluntary settlement agreement that will increase fish populations in that river and ensure that Bay Area residents are prepared and protected from the impacts of droughts and the effects of climate change.
THE SCIENCE BACKING OUR PLAN
“The flow schedule for the Voluntary Agreement includes a base flow, an outmigration pulse flow and a floodplain pulse flow. The base flow and outmigration pulse flow were generated based on science developed on the Tuolumne River over several decades. The most recent set of studies were completed as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the Don Pedro hydroelectric project, along with the licensing of the La Grange hydroelectric project and two hydroelectric projects situated on the Tuolumne River, owned and operated by Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts.
These studies are part of the Amended Final License Application (AFLA) submitted to FERC on October 11, 2017 and further amended on November 14, 2018. The studies can be accessed via the Don Pedro Relicensing website: www.donpedro-relicensing.com. The floodplain pulse flow was developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with support from Flow West.”