The San Joaquin Delta writing assignment. Carefully read the short
fter reading the article and watching the video, answer the following questions. Some answers will not require any explanation, but for the ones that do, make sure you thoroughly answer the questions in your own words.
Grading will be based on:
1. How thoroughly you address each question: accuracy, quality of information and depth of understanding.
Question 1 3 pts
What is the average rate of land subsidence in the delta region?
Question 2 3 pts
What is the current elevation of most islands (used for agriculture) in the delta?
Question 3 7 pts
Explain, in detail, the specific cause of land subsidence in the delta region:
Question 4 6 pts
Describe two major problems you see in the post-development diagram on pg. 2. Make sure you describe why it is a problem.
Question 5 2 pts
In addition to agricultural demand for fresh water, how many Californians receive drinking water from the delta?
Question 6 9 pts
Describe, in detail, three main consequences or problems associated with human alteration of the Delta. Describe both the alteration/modification and the consequence associated with that change.
Question 7 10 pts
Considering the “Future Strategies” recommended by the USGS as well as the conservation methods described in the previous sections (Water IV and Water V), briefly describe viable (realistic) sustainable solutions that YOU believe might mitigate the problems described in the paper. Make sure you explain why your solutions will work. (please keep between ½ and one full page of text- I know this is a big topic!):
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