Re "If BDCP were science-based, Delta flows would be a priority" (Editorials, May 12): Congratulations to The Bee's editorial board for its recognition of the importance of Delta flows. There is proof to back this up. From 2000 to 2006, the Department of Water Resources increased Delta water diversions to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 700,000 acre feet to 1.4 million acre feet. This was to quietly make up for the MWD's loss of Colorado River water.
The increased outflows just about killed the salmon fisheries. It took a federal judge to stop it and limit future water diversions. With more water remaining in the Delta, the salmon fisheries rebounded and last year was the best in ages.
-- Burt Wilson, Sacramento