North State residents, lawmakers make case for Sites reservoir

Oct 22, 2015 2:21 PM by News Staff

It has been decades since a significant investment has been made on a California water storage project, and North State residents told water officials Wednesday the time is now and the place is here.

In Yuba City Wednesday North State residents and lawmakers were given the chance to address the California Water Commission about how they should spend $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 money.

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.

No decisions were made, but supporters of the Sites reservoir came out to make their case.

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 say 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.

Commission member David Orth says water officials are still in the early stages of the process and will begin hearing proposed projects in early 2018. Orth says the Sites reservoir is not going to provide any support for Californians in this current drought crisis, but could provide much needed support when the state runs into a similar situation in the future.


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