California's Delta saltier from San Francisco Bay wate

Jul 26, 2015 12:19 PM by News Staff

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - State officials say they are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco Bay pushes inland.

The Stockton Record reports rivers normally push back saltier water but because of the drought the rivers are low and Bay water is invading portions of the estuary.

The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation earlier this year asked regulators to temporarily weaken certain salinity standards in the west Delta to hold back more Bay water. The request was granted.

But officials say even those weakened standards have been exceeded in two locations - one on the Sacramento River at Threemile Slough, and another on the San Joaquin River at Jersey Point.

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