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Berkeley Passes Freshwater Flows Resolution
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Berkeley Passes Freshwater Flows Resolution!
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The City of Berkeley has joined a growing chorus of Bay Area cities and counties on the necessity of adequate freshwater flows through the Delta and into the Bay.

Last week, the Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for improvements to the timing and quantity of fresh water flowing to the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Vice-Mayor Linda Maio, who introduced the resolution along with Councilmember Darryl Moore, said, “This resolution continues Berkeley’s strong tradition of environmental stewardship of our Bay and its fish and wildlife. The time has come for us to speak up for the Bay in regional and state water planning processes.”

In the resolution, the City of Berkeley urges the protection of reliable water supplies and the criticality of Delta outflows to support fisheries, wildlife, habitat, water quality and other beneficial uses. Other principles include reducing future reliance on increased exports from the Delta, reducing the current impacts on the Bay-Delta ecosystem, and protecting the economic viability of industry, recreation, tourism, fisheries, agriculture, and the ongoing vitality of Berkeley and other communities throughout the Bay area.

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary and other partners, including the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, supported passage of this resolution. In celebrating passage, Friends of the San Francisco Estuary Board President Mitch Avalon notes, “We are grateful to the City of Berkeley for standing with the City of Emeryville, the City and County of San Francisco, and others in calling for improvements to freshwater flows and a healthier Bay-Delta Estuary. Adequate inflows of fresh water from the Delta are essential to the health of San Francisco Bay, and must be prioritized in current and future plans for the Estuary.”

This resolution joins similar resolutions passed by the Association of Bay Area Governments, six Bay Area counties, three water districts including EBMUD earlier this year, and the City of Emeryville. For more information on passed resolutions, visit http://friendsofsfestuary.org/sf-estuary-resolutions.html.
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