FAIRFIELD — Rains over the past three months washed away plans to put up temporary saltwater barriers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The state Department of Water Resources had planned to put up barriers at three location in the Delta to deal with the drought. That would have prevented salty ocean water from intruding in the Delta, given a dearth of water coming down the Sacramento River.
“While I understand the importance of taking precautionary measures to protect water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, I am pleased to hear that the installation of the emergency drought barriers will not be necessary this year,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier said in a press release.
One barrier was to be along Steamboat Slough, which is an eastern boundary for the county. Local officials expressed concern that the barriers could make water saltier for eastern Solano County farmers and make boating in the Delta more difficult.
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