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Moderate Quake Could Breach Delta Levees

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A University of California expert is warning that even a moderate earthquake could breach levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — disrupting the flow of Northern California water to Southern California.

But other experts say there´s no imminent crisis.

The debate at a water conference comes as experts try to plot the Delta´s future — and the future of CalFed, the California Federal Bay-Delta Program.

It follows a levee collapse west of Stockton in June that tipped the state´s fragile water balance.

And it comes days after experts warned the Delta could be endangered as well by rising sea levels from global warming as the arctic ice cap melts.