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Delta Watch

State and Federal Pumps

California’s two main water supply projects, the Federal Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) depend on the Delta to deliver water for 25 million residents and thousands of farms and businesses. It is easy to single out these pumps as the cause of all of the Delta’s problems, but increasing evidence suggests that these projects are only one of many factors and human activities impacting the estuary.

Recent regulatory decisions have placed severe pumping restrictions on the state’s water delivery system. The decisions have been shortsighted by not considering other critical factors or "stressors" impacting the estuary, such as those outlined on this site, to address the Delta crisis.