More Water Storage

Excellent article from Comstock’s Magazine about it.

An excerpt.

Years of drought have baked away some of the divisions inside California’s Capitol, drawing opposing parties together in an effort to find solutions to the state’s ongoing water storage and conveyance problems. In March, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), united to propose a new reservoir in Northern California that would add flexibility to the state’s water management system by providing storage for roughly 1.8 million acre-feet of water.

The Sites Reservoir would be a large-scale offstream reservoir in the Sacramento Valley that would collect water from the Sacramento River and pump it into an artificial lake west of Colusa. This potential project of the California Department of Water Resources would provide about 500,000 acre-feet of water for use.

Sounds promising, but it’s still just a proposal. In fact, discussions about using this site for a reservoir date back to the 1960s. If passed, the latest federal legislation would authorize a feasibility study and construction of the reservoir with a potential operating date of 2019.

Support from the Capital Region is stronger than ever. With ongoing, repeat droughts and a rising population, water storage advocates say time — much like water — should not be wasted.

“We cannot conserve our way out of a multiple-year drought,” says Tim Johnson, president and CEO of the California Rice Commission. “We need more tools in the toolbox. We need options when years are dry.”

Sites Reservoir is just one storage option. Other active bills on the Congressional table include raising Shasta Dam, expanding the San Luis Reservoir and building a dam on the Upper San Joaquin River at Temperance Flat.

Retrieved August 10, 2014 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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