Large and small-scale sediment dynamics during (and after) the drought

Turbidity plays a key role in Delta aquatic ecosystems, where suspended sediment can limit light for phytoplankton growth, transport contaminants, provide protection from predation for many fish species, and contribute to natural sediment recovery in shallow water habitats. The impact of drought conditions on water quality and ecological health is not well studied in estuarine systems, and more information is needed to manage the impacts of California’s drought and recovery in the Delta.