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Sites Reservoir proponents make their case

June 14, 2017

In the middle of a severe drought in November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond that set aside $2.7 billion for the public benefits of new water storage projects. Now, project proponents have less than two months to finalize applications for bond funds, which can be used for attributes such as ecosystem improvements, water quality improvements, flood control, emergency response and recreation. ...


Sites Reservoir gets an important ally

Apr. 06, 2017

In this year of record rainfall, billions of gallons of water are flowing to the ocean that – if only sufficient storage existed – could be stored for the drought that inevitably will return. If ever there were an argument for construction of Sites Reservoir to the west of the Sacramento River, this winter’s rain is it. The project is poised to get welcome support from Southern California. ...


Application Period for Water Storage Projects Begins March 14, 2017

Mar. 08, 2017

SACRAMENTO- The California Water Commission (Commission) announced today that starting March 14, 2017, proponents of new water storage projects in California may submit applications for funding of public benefits under the water bond approved by California voters in 2014. Proposition 1 -- the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act -- a $7.5 billion water bond for investments in the state's water management systems, includes $2.7 billion for public benefits related to new water storage projects. Those public benefits include ecosystem improvements, water quality improvements, flood control, emergency response and recreation. ...


News Archive

Mar. 03, 2017

LaMalfa, Garamendi introduce bill boosting Sites Reservoir

Two north state congressmen have introduced joint legislation to help get Sites Reservoir built. The proposed reservoir west of Maxwell in Colusa and Glenn counties has been under review for decades, and could get some state funding under Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond approved by voters in 2014.

Mar. 02, 2017

Scoping Comment Period Closed

The Sites Project scoping comment period is closed. The Sites Project Authority will now compile a Scoping Report and start preparing the draft Environmental Impact Report.

Feb. 27, 2017

Board Meeting Rescheduled for Monday, March 6th

February 27th Board Meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 6th at 2:30pm at the TCCA Office: 5513 Highway 162 Willows, CA 95988

Jan. 31, 2017


MAXWELL, CA-The Sites Project Authority (Authority) in February will host two public scoping open house meetings to solicit input from the agencies, Tribes, and the public about the environmental review of the Sites Reservoir Project (Sites Project).

Jan. 26, 2017

Community Voices: Our missed water storage opportunity from recent storms

Imagine if California had not built a new school since 1979, even though the population has increased by more than 15.5 million. That's the approach our state has taken with our water infrastructure since the last new reservoir was built. The dams we do have are working overtime for flood control right now, but we need the ability to store the water too.

Jan. 20, 2017

Roseville, Placer to join Sites Reservoir effort. What it means for water storage plan.

In a boost for the proposed Sites Reservoir northwest of Sacramento, the city of Roseville and the Placer County Water Agency have agreed to invest in the $4.4 billion project. The agreements earlier this week show that the Placer agencies, despite having some of the healthiest water supplies in the state, continue to work to augment their portfolios.

Jan. 12, 2017

Editorial: Raging streams give argument for Sites

Watching all the water raging in area streams, creeks and rivers, pounding over waterfalls and spilling out of Shasta Dam is a welcome sight after years of drought in Northern California. As an atmospheric river brings feet of snow to the mountains and more rain than the valley has seen in years, the Bureau of Reclamation has opened the floodgates, so to speak, and upped flows from Shasta and Keswick dams to clear out room as it expects even more water to pour into the lake.

Jan. 12, 2017

Lawmakers tour location of proposed Sites Reservoir

As Northern California skies begin to clear, California lawmakers are using the storm that pelted the region over the last week as a catalyst to talk about the state's water management system. Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, is leading a troupe of lawmakers today on a tour of the Sites Reservoir, a $4.4 billion proposed water storage project four decades in the making.


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