Delta gets new fresh water source

September 30, 2009 8:07:54 PM PDT
A major new source of fresh water will begin flowing toward the Delta Thursday when officials begin releasing more water from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River.

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Scientists will monitor the impact on the dry riverbed, surrounding croplands and potential spawning habitat for salmon.

It has been a decades-long legal battle over how the river should be used. In March, Congress approved a settlement among environmentalists, farmers and the federal government.

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