The incredible shrinking Delta conveyance: a timeline

Delta “isolated conveyance” proposals — be it a canal, tunnels, whatever — have generally gotten less ambitious over the years, at least in terms of capacity.

But they don’t seem to be any less controversial, if the reaction to the state’s latest announcement is any indication.

Just for perspective:

• 1970s/80s Peripheral Canal: 22,000 cubic feet per second (cfs)

• 2006 Bay Delta Conservation Plan (Schwarzenegger administration): 15,000 cfs with 100,000 acres of habitat restoration

• 2013 BDCP (Brown administration): 9,000 cfs with 100,000 acres of habitat restoration

• 2015 California Water Fix: 9,000 cfs minus most of the habitat

• 2018 California Water Fix: 6,000 cfs and maybe another 3,000 cfs later.

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