Sites Project Important for California’s Water Future

Updated April 27, 2018
Sites Project Important for California’s Water Future
The Sites Project is a proposed 1.8 million acre-foot offstream reservoir in California’s largest watershed. This innovative and environmentally- focused project, located in Colusa County, will greatly increase the reliability of statewide water supplies for environmental, agricultural and urban uses.

We are excited to partner with the Sites Project Authority to advance this important project, which will provide 500,000 acre-feet of water per year on an average, annualized long-term basis for beneficial uses such as flows for salmon, wildlife refuges, recreation and flood control. Investing in this critical water management tool that will add flexibility to the system, provide important environmental flows and secure water supply reliability is a priority for our agency.

“We see this project as an important solution towards creating an alternative water storage source north of the Delta,” said Vice Mayor Bonnie Gore. “It creates needed water and tremendous benefit for our communities and the environment.”

Studied for more than 30 years and widely supported both regionally and statewide, the project has made significant progress over the last several years. Building on that momentum, key activities planned for 2018 include securing state funding through the Water Storage Investment Program process, additional environmental review, permitting activities and continued project design.

The time is now to implement bold and strategic water storage options, in order to capture and deliver water for use where and when it’s needed most for the environment, families, farms and businesses.

Back in early 2017,  Roseville opted into the initial phase of the project and share's a board seat on the  Sites Joint Powers Authority Board with the Placer County Water Agency.  While Roseville does not intend to obtain water allocations from this project, both agencies see the benefit of increased water supply reliability for its customers by reducing reliance on the American River.

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