The scenic drive along Highway 160 that winds through the Delta will look dramatically different in the upcoming decades, biologists, conservationists and other experts said at Thursday's Delta and California Water Forum in Oakland.
Speakers throughout the event hosted by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership said the 80 islands and 1,600 miles of levees in the Central Valley are reaching their breaking point, and action needs to be taken. Experts throughout the day took the podium and offered bleak outlooks on the future of the Delta, and their respective views on the recent water package passed by the state legislature. Multiple speakers said the Delta cannot and will not be restored to the way it was in the mid-1850s or even several decades ago and California's water system needs to be overhauled and climate change must be accounted for when deciding future Delta projects. The speakers also warned against the ecological breakdown the Delta is experiencing.