Sep 23, 2015 1:10 PM by News Staff
With California in the midst of a prolonged drought, North State lawmakers say the time is now to build the long-talked about Sites reservoir in Colusa County.
On Tuesday night, U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Assemblyman James Gallagher and Senator Jim Nielsen hosted the North State Water Forum in Chico. The goal of the event was clear from the beginning, the lawmakers want North State residents to voice their support for the Sites reservoir.
Located about 10 miles west of Maxwell, in Colusa County, the Sites reservoir would hold up to 1.9 million acre feet of water, and lawmakers said Tuesday it is the best way to ensure the North State doesn’t run dry.
The reservoir would require the construction of two dams, a pipeline, and a pumping station that would pull water from the Sacramento River during wet months, while releasing water into the river during dry months.
Lawmakers say the timing for the reservoir, which has been studied since the Eisenhower administration, couldn’t be better.
Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, which allocates $2.7 billion for water storage projects, but how the money will be spent will be determined by the state water commission.
At Tuesday’s forum lawmakers said it is imperative that people let members of the water commission know they support the Sites Reservoir. Assemblyman Gallagher said it is crucial that supporters show up at a water commission meeting in Yuba City next month.
The water commision will host a public information meeting on water storage investing at 6 p.m. in Yuba City on Wednesday October 21. You can find more information on the meeting here.
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