September 3, 2015

“How Can the California Delta Survive?”

Dawn breaking at duck blind in the Delta. Photos by Roger Mammon.

Dawn breaking at duck blind in the Delta. Photos by Roger Mammon.

Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm, Fort Mason Center, Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco (entrance off Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street–see map here; $10 parking maximum).

Zócalo Public Square, a not-for-profit daily Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism, is hosting a free program on the California Delta, followed by a reception where guests can chat with speakers and one another over a glass of wine.

Moderator will be Lois Kazakoff, deputy editorial-page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.

The California Delta is one of the world’s great estuaries, providing water to most Californians and supporting hundreds of plant and animal species. But for decades, it has also been the place where grand plans and compromise go to die, thanks to its many conflicting interests and overlapping jurisdictions. The latest proposal for restoring the Delta, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan—which is supposed to provide the state with a more reliable water supply while protecting and improving the Delta ecosystem—faces political opposition and legal challenges that at best could delay it for years. Is the Delta doomed to decline? Or is there a way to restore habitats, fix levees, and guarantee water supply all at once? Delta Conservancy executive officer Campbell Ingram, Public Policy Institute of California co-director of research Ellen Hanak, and Delta farmer Russell van Loben Sels visit Zócalo to discuss whether the Delta can survive and even thrive.

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