Solano County

Delta barriers no longer needed

By From page A1 | April 23, 2014

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.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    I don't believe your State and Local Government's know what they are doing---with the exception of those Counties that are seeking sessesion and forming their own States! They (and all of us) are tired of being mistreated and abused by the bigger fish in the eternal sea. The rancor and discord in this State are going to sink it! There is no good will or sense of common purpose---its like the warring tribes of Afghanistan or something.

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