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Coalition response…Voluntary water transfers add flexibility to California’s water system and provide benefits to both the buyer and the seller. Its important to understand that transfers like this undergo a review process by the State of California that must prove no harmful effect to the area of origin or the environment. As water moves downstream through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, part of it remains in the Delta for environmental benefits as well.
Comparing a boiling pot of water to transfers leaves out a very important factor—the oversight and assurance that the transfers meet their needs of the recipients as well as protecting the area of origin.