Friant-Kern Canal shows strong flow
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