Dec 5 2011
The Corps did consider releasing additional water from those reservoirs as a way of reducing or eliminating the salinity impacts from deepening the harbor. However, our analysis indicated that a large amount of water would be required to restore salinity levels to their present location in the estuary over a long period of time (such as in a multi-year drought). Substantial changes would have been required to the operation of those reservoirs, resulting in potentially large-scale adverse effects to existing users. As a result, the Corps dropped that measure from further consideration and it is not included as one of the final mitigation measures.
Chief, Planning Division