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Meeting at CSUC discusses fed's water delivery plan

Due to high demand, the Trump administration took input Thursday night at Chico State on a plan to maximize water deliveries from California's Central Valley Project.

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 10:27 PM

Chico, Calif. -- Due to high demand, the Trump administration took input Thursday night at Chico State on a plan to maximize water deliveries from California's Central Valley Project.

North State community members offered comments at a public scoping meeting.

The Central Valley Project south of delta water supplies have decreased since the project was built.

The meeting was intended to have an open discussion on ideas to maximize water deliveries as well as address the status of endangered species in that area.

The Central Valley Project, which dates to the 1930's, consists of 18 dams and reservoirs and 500 miles of canals.

"Today we're having a public scoping meeting so we're interested in getting input from the public on what alternatives we might need to consider and what environmental issues we need to address as we move forward with the project," said Katrina Harrison, Project Manager from the Bureau of Reclamation.

The water is primarily delivered to farms and cities in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

Currently there are regulations that keep water in Calfornia's rivers rather than divert it to farmlands to protect the Delta Smelt, tiny freshwater fish on the brink of extinction.

"We're looking today to try to maximize water deliveries and also optimize marketable power generation, as well as augment operational flexibility by addressing endangered species," said Harrison.

Comments made will be turned into a public scoping report and will be taken into consideration for the project's future development.

If you like to have a say in the Central Valley Project's future development, it's not too late.

The deadline is February 1st. You can send an email to Katrina Harrison at kharrison@usbr.gov

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