Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study
The Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study is a partnership between Reclamation, California Department of Water Resources, California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton East Water District, El Dorado County Water Agency, and the Madera County Resources Management Agency. The Friant Water Authority and the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association have recently joined in the Basins Study process. This stakeholder involvement in the Study will assist in identifying mitigation or adaptation strategies to address negative impacts of climate change.
The Study will assess potential climate change impacts to the Basins' water supplies and demands and will specifically evaluate potential changes to agriculture and urban water supplies, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, recreation, fisheries, wildlife and wildlife habitats, water quality, and water-dependent ecological systems.
The Study encompasses the entire Central Valley of California with an area of more than 22,500 square miles from the Tehachapi Range in the South to the Klamath Mountains in the north. The Study area includes three major basins which are the Sacramento on the north, the San Joaquin in the central portion, and the Tulare Lake Basin on the south. A portion of the Trinity River Basin in Northern California is also included, due to exports of water from the Trinity River to the Central Valley Project.