Myths of California Water: Virtual Tour


California’s water system would work well if it weren’t for the Endangered Species Act.


The Endangered Species Acts reflect public concern over the serious effects of human actions on the natural environment. Their effects on water diversions are often overstated.

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Clifton Court Forebay

Further Reading

  • Bay Delta Conservation Plan Planning Agreement. 2006
  • Hanak, E., J. Lund, A. Dinar, B. Gray, R. Howitt, J. Mount, P. Moyle, Barton “Buzz” Thompson (2010), “Myths of California Water – Implications and Reality,” West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2010.
  • Kimmerer, Wim. 2004. Open Water Processes of the San Francisco Estuary: From Physical Forcing to Biological Responses. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. Vol 2, Issue 1, Article 1
  • Lund et al. 2008. Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Public Policy Institute of California.
  • Moyle, P.B., W.A. Bennett, W.E. Fleenor, and J.R. Lund (2009). Habitat variability and complexity in the upper San Francisco Estuary. Report to State Water Resources Control Board. Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis
  • Sax et al. 2006. Legal Control of Water Resources: Cases and Materials. 3d Edition. St Paul, MN: Thomson/West
  • Van Dyke, Eric and Wasson, Kerstin. 2005. Historical ecology of a central California Estuary: 150 years of habitat change. Estuaries 29.2. pp 173-189