Delta Cross Channel

The Delta Cross Channel diverts water from the Sacramento River into Snodgrass Slough. Located near Walnut Grove, the channel is critical for controlling ocean salinity as part of the Central Valley Project, Delta Division.

AERIAL VIEW OF DELTA CROSS CHANNEL NEAR WALNUT GROVE

AERIAL VIEW OF DELTA CROSS CHANNEL NEAR WALNUT GROVE

The Delta Cross Channel is a controlled diversion channel between the Sacramento River and Snodgrass Slough.  Water is diverted from the river through a short excavated channel near Walnut Grove into the slough.  The water then flows through natural channels for about 50 miles to the vicinity of the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant.

The diversion provides an adequate supply of water to the intakes of the state and federal pumping facilities, improves the irrigation supplies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and helps repel ocean salinity.  The earth section is designed to divert approximately 3,500 cubic feet per second.

BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF DELTA CROSS CHANNEL BETWEEN SACRAMENTO RIVER AND SNODGRASS SLOUGH

BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF DELTA CROSS CHANNEL BETWEEN SACRAMENTO RIVER AND SNODGRASS SLOUGH