Delta Wetlands Project

The Delta Wetlands Project is an example of successful consensus-building achieved through hybrid form.

The DWP is a privately-funded proposal to capture surplus water flows in storage reservoirs on Delta islands, and to release it to the aqueducts during the summer months when water use is high and in-Delta flows are low.

The DWP public review process for the proposal took 15 years, and was completed in 2000 with a CALFED record of decision. This process led from a proposal to use four islands as reservoirs to one that had two islands as reservoirs and two as mitigation for water “development.” The habitat mitigation islands will be converted to habitats with as many as a dozen different ecotopes.

Tags: nature, water
Posted by dnpadmin on 05/22 at 11:27 PM • #

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Delta Wetlands Project, Bacon Island diagram

Delta Wetlands Project, Bacon Island diagram

Diagram describing the Delta Wetlands Project proposal to develop Bacon Island into a reservoir, showing pump locations and island cross sections.

Delta Wetlands Project islands

Delta Wetlands Project islands

Left to right: Holland Tract, Bacon Island, Bouldin Island, and Webb Tract. 20,000 acres, evenly split between profit-generating

Delta Wetlands Project islands overview

Delta Wetlands Project islands overview

Bouldin Island, Webb Tract, Holland Tract, and Bacon Island are the four islands that comprise the Delta Wetlands Project.

Delta Wetlands Project pumps

Delta Wetlands Project pumps

Engineering diagrams of the massive pumping systems required by the Delta Wetlands Project.

Delta Wetlands Project, Bouldin Island artificial habitats

Delta Wetlands Project, Bouldin Island artificial habitats

Manipulating the ground plane is the primary means through which the Delta Wetlands Project will construct diverse habitats.

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