On Tuesday, Santa Clara County joined San Mateo and five other counties around the Bay Area to pass a resolution recognizing that improvements to habitat, water quality, flows, and water supply are needed for a healthy San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.
The resolution was put forward by Supervisor Joe Simitian, who authored the State’s Delta Reform Act during his tenure in the California State Senate. Simitian notes, “It’s essential that we reaffirm the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. As decisions are made shaping the future of the Estuary, we have to ensure that hard science trumps political convenience.”
The resolution urges the Santa Clara Valley Water District to adhere to certain principles in participating in critical planning processes underway that will affect the Bay-Delta Estuary, an area that includes the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. These principles include: improving habitat, water quality, flows, and water supply to support fisheries, wildlife, and a resilient Bay-Delta ecosystem; providing for the restoration of native habitat to protect endangered fish, wildlife, and plant species, and to improve the ecological functions of the Bay-Delta Estuary; ensuring restoration of more natural flow patterns within the Delta and San Francisco Bay to support robust fish and wildlife populations; and increasing regional water supply self-sufficiency to contribute to the statewide priority of reducing reliance on the Delta.