1998

BCDC other Ryer Island

1998 appears to be a very important year for the Delta in particular, and the energy industry more generally. 1998 saw the publication of a proposal funded by the HP foundation, authored by Natural Heritage Institute. That website does not appear to list the publication, which was distributed to the public, so it is posted here. At that time, the Natural Heritage Institute proposal for plan for the Delta was used to influence a backroom planning process called CalFed 2000.

Document:
Natural Heritage Institute now: https://n-h-i.org/programs/water-management-reform/california-water/

The other event of global significance was the development of a new way of mining for oil and natural gas, called directional drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or just plain FRACKING. The problem with fracking near drinking water resources is that the fracking fluids can degrade the drinking was aquifers and wells so the water either is not drinkable, or people have huge costs to filter what once was good, safe drinking water. For more information on impacts from fracking, go to http://fractracker.org

One of the known issues with fracking is the increase in shallow earthquakes near fracked wells, and the increase in contaminants like arsenic and brackish water caused by the fracking process. For an article about impacts to California, specifically, you could look at https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-california-threatens-water-supply-2147086816.html Locate wells at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog
or read about general fracking impacts in food growing areas by looking at the food-gas nexus.

One of the known issues with fracking is the increase in shallow earthquakes near fracked wells, and the increase in contaminants like arsenic and brackish water caused by the fracking process. For an article about impacts to California, specifically, you could look at https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-california-threatens-water-supply-2147086816.html Locate wells at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog
or read about general fracking impacts in food growing areas by looking at the food-gas nexus.

Fracking is going on in California, including in the Delta. Isn’t it plain crazy to allow fracking in the cornerstone area of California drinking water system? https://www.fractracker.org/2019/03/wicked-witch-of-the-fracking-wastewater/

So what does this have to do with the Delta, and Ryer Island in particular? Two interesting reasons:
1. There are two Ryer Islands in Solano County. One of the Ryer Islands is located in a large natural gas area in the Grizzly Bay area across from Antioch area. When BCDC planned restoration of that Ryer Island, some of the data got confused with the other Ryer Island, which is the subject of this website.
2. Under the CalFed 2000 Record of Decision, and also the BDCP (Bay Delta Conservation Plan) a huge area of the Delta farm lands have been mapped and proposed for “restoration”. Many of the multi-generational farming families of the Delta have resisted selling. However, if you simply compare the “restoration” locations to the natural gas fields, there is a clear pattern. Go to the years 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 for maps showing the above observations. Since 2000, Ryer Island has been mapped as a restoration site 2006, 2009, as a lake or in-Delta water storage 2010, as an underground gas storage location, as a causeway for a new highway 60 or 84 extension 2006, and a huge solar farm 2014. In addition, starting in 1998, incorrect data regarding Ryer Island and other targeted Delta locations began to emerge.

1998