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River Flow

Changes in river flow impacts water supply, water quality, fisheries and recreation activities

2

Snow pack

reduction in snow pack due to increasing temperatures in snow dominated areas will change water supply

3

Hydroelectric power

changes in stream flow decrease clean power generation

4

Floods

increase in extreme weather will lead to higher winter river flows, runoff, and flooding

5

Droughts

higher temperatures and changes in precipitation will lead to droughts

6

Agriculture

increased demand on irrigation

7

Groundwater

lower groundwater tables due to hydrologic changes and greater demand cause some shallow wells to go dry.

8

Water use

demand for agriculture, urban, and environmental water will increase

9

Water Quality

salt water intrusion from rising seal levels will affect the Delta and coastal aquifers

10

Delta levees

sea level rise will threaten Delta levees structural integrity by imposing higher hydro-static loads on the levee and reducing the design freeboard.

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Habitat

warmer river temperatures stress cold-water species such as salmon