Fri­ant-Kern Canal shows strong flow

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I am sur­prised at Es­mer­alda So­ria’s claim (The Bee, June 4) that “De­liv­er­ies from the Fri­ant-Kern Canal (FKC) ...have been re­duced by nearly two-thirds in re­cent years...” On May 2, the FKC flow rate was re­ported as a prodi­gious, and il­le­gal, 4,110 cu. ft/sec­ond. To­day, FKC is re­ported in The Bee as 2,830 cu. ft/sec­ond. The flow rate of the San Joaquin at both times has been a steady, pal­try, 611 cu. ft/sec. This rate de­fies the 2002 set­tle­ment of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Bureau of Recla­ma­tion with the San Joaquin River old water rights group. To be le­gal, the San Joaquin should have about 40% of the “un­re­stricted flow,” i.e. 3,345.6 cu. ft/sec, not 1/5th of that fig­ure.

That would keep the chlo­ride con­cen­tra­tion of the Delta-Men­dotta canal pump at Tracy near its cur­rent, barely brack­ish, 25 meq/liter, year round, make the one pipe pro­posal by Gov. New­som un­nec­es­sary, and di­min­ish the rate of loss to salin­ity of agri­cul­tural land on the west side. An av­er­age 40 box cars of salt are im­ported each day by the aqueduct and FKC into the Cen­tral Val­ley from the delta.

Hur­tado’s SB 559 ‘bor­rows from Peter to pay Paul’ at great ex­pense. It should be de­feated.

– An­thony H. Ho­ran, Fresno

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