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California Water Commission Staff Undervalues Public Benefits of New Storage

Feb. 05, 2018

Maxwell, CA - The California Water Commission today announced initial public benefit scores to the 11 project applicants for Proposition 1 funding. Surprisingly, none of the projects were judged to have greater public benefits than the requested investment amount, and many were judged to have no public benefits. The Sites Reservoir Project, being developed by the Sites Project Authority, received initial public benefit credit for wildlife refuge improvements, flood control, and recreation. But, the Water Commission staff requested more information before recommending a public benefit score for the project's significant environmental benefits for salmon and delta smelt. ...


Registered Municipal Advisor Services RFP Posted

Jan. 30, 2018

RFP No. 17-02 for Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Services released by the Sites Project Authority. RFP and attachments now available. ...


Statement on Initial Public Benefit Scores Provided by the California Water Commission

Jan. 25, 2018

You may have heard the California Water Commission (CWC) plans to publish Public Benefit Ratio (PBR) scoring information, which was recently provided by staff to all 11 applicants seeking Proposition 1 funding. The "preliminary" scoring include some applicants receiving a "zero" and all applicants receiving scores of less than one. ...


News Archive

Nov. 09, 2017

Project Benefits Animation

California needs more water storage options. The Sites Reservoir would provide the state an additional 500,000 acre feet of high-quality water annually for our homes, businesses, farms and the environment.

Sept. 18, 2017

Sites Project Comment Period Extended

MAXWELL, CA - The Sites Project Authority (Authority) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) - lead agencies for the Sites Project - have extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) by an additional 64 days. The comment period on the draft environmental documents will close on January 15, 2018.

Aug. 14, 2017

Sites Project Takes Critical Step Forward

MAXWELL, CA -The Sites Project Authority (Authority) today has submitted its application to the California Water Commission for Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) funding for the Sites Reservoir Project. This important milestone marks substantial project momentum, as demonstrated by the over 170 organizations, agencies, businesses and elected officials that support the project. Representing labor, business, water and agricultural interests, and various local and statewide agencies, as well as several cities and counties, this diverse coalition views Sites as a viable, modern solution to securing statewide water supplies while benefitting critical ecosystems.

July 31, 2017

LaMalfa and Garamendi Urge Proposition 1 Funding for Sites Reservoir

(Washington, DC) - Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) issued the following statement after sending a bipartisan letter to the California Water Commission supporting Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir.

June 14, 2017

Sites Reservoir proponents make their case

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.

Apr. 06, 2017

Sites Reservoir gets an important ally

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.

Mar. 08, 2017

Application Period for Water Storage Projects Begins March 14, 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.

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.

Jan. 05, 2017

Story of the Year: Water (Part Three): Sites Reservoir is front and center

The idea to construct Sites Reservoir is nothing new, but actions over the past couple of years by the project's Joint Powers Authority demonstrate a real desire to finally build the storage facility.

Dec. 20, 2016

Sites Reservoir 'one step closer' with Prop. 1 regulations

The California Water Commission recently adopted regulations that outline in greater detail the process water storage projects such as Sites Reservoir will have to go through to receive state funding. The adopted regulations are the first step in implementing the Water Storage Investment Program, which is what the commission will use to fund water storage projects using $2.7 billion in bond revenue generated from Proposition 1.

Dec. 16, 2016

Delta fixes a key requirement for Proposition 1 reservoir funds

Final ground rules for applying for Proposition 1 water bond funds for large storage projects place a big emphasis on how much they'll help the beleaguered Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The California Water Commission on Dec. 14 adopted regulations for handing out the $2.7 billion for reservoirs and other storage projects set aside in the $7.5 billion ballot measure approved by voters in 2014.

Dec. 14, 2016

California Water Commission Adopts Regulations for Prop 1 Water Storage Projects

California today made significant progress in providing funding for public benefits associated with new water storage projects, as the California Water Commission (Commission) adopted regulations that advance the implementation of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP).

Oct. 25, 2016

Video Recap of October 21st Milestones Event

Video from the October 21, 2016 press event at the new Sites Project office in Maxwell featuring several local elected officials, Sites Project Authority Board Members, and the president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Oct. 21, 2016

Sites Project Marks Significant Milestones, Gains Momentum

Today, a diverse and bi-partisan group of state and local elected officials, regional water managers, agriculture, labor and business joined to mark the significant milestones achieved in the development of Sites Reservoir, and to acknowledge the momentum gaining for this important water storage project.

Aug. 29, 2016

Rulemaking: Water Storage Investment Program Quantification Regulations

The California Water Commission has proposed regulations for the quantification and management of the public benefits of water storage projects in accordance with the requirements of Proposition 1

July 28, 2016

Zone 7 to Double Size of Water Reservation in Potential Reservoir

Zone 7 and other agencies have been invited to reserve space in the Sites Reservoir Project, which would be built 75 miles northeast of Sacramento. The spot was part of the original State Water Plan, but was never built

July 20, 2016

Public Meeting Presentation

A recent project update given by Sites General Manager, Jim Watson

July 19, 2016

Sites Reservoir likely years down the road, Redding Record Searchlight

Plans to build the Sites Reservoir have been in the works since 1957, and if it is eventually approved, work on the project probably would not be complete for another 10 to 12 years, according to Jim Watson, the Sites Reservoir Project general manager.

July 11, 2016

More investors asked to join Sites Reservoir planning, Chico Enterprise-Record.

Plans for Sites Reservoir are moving forward, with a deadline of June 2017 to ask the state Water Commission to pay for half of the estimated $4.4 billion construction cost.

July 05, 2016

Sites Reservoir Authority seeks Phase 1 help, Appeal Democrat

Phase 1 of the project includes completing studies that are required for submitting an application under Proposition 1 by June 2017. The proposition is intended to supply up to half of the funding required for surface storage projects in California

July 05, 2016

Surface storage bill passes committee, Appeal Democrat

Local Assemblyman James Gallagher won a small victory for a big bill this past week — a bipartisan measure he co-authored passed, unanimously, the state Senate's Governance and Finance Committee.

June 07, 2016

Calif. Sites Reservoir Project seeking proposals, Water World

According to the authority, the proposed reservoir will have the capacity to store up to 1.8 million acre-feet of water, of which 500,000 acre-feet per year is estimated to be available for annualized, long-term beneficial uses.

June 06, 2016

Bill could accelerate Sites Reservoir timeline, Appeal Democrat

Accelerating the construction timeline for the long-proposed reservoir project, as well as other proposed dams in the state, is the focus of a bill co-authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Plumas Lake.

Apr. 26, 2016

Butte County supervisors back Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir, Chico Enterprise-Record

Despite some reservations, the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a conditional letter of support for the Sites Reservoir project.

Apr. 16, 2016

Sites Reservoir would serve key role in state’s water system, Redding Record Searchlight

Storage dams, reservoirs, canals, ditches and tunnels have been built all over the West to serve agriculture, mining and domestic water supplies for nearly 175 years.

Mar. 16, 2016

Could Sites be California's next big reservoir?, Western Farm Press

California’s latest drought has made the need for additional water storage self-evident to a larger segment of the population.

Jan. 20, 2016

Editorial: Brown should focus on water storage, not tunnels and trains, Chico Enterprise Record

Gov. Jerry Brown has a grand stage and likely has some time to kill in his State of the State address Thursday. We’re here to help.

Jan. 02, 2016

Sites project has bipartisan support & Invest in dams and salmon, too, Sacramento Bee

The California Water Commission will be deciding on how to spend $2.7 billion in water bond money on water storage projects.

Dec. 16, 2015

California needs to invest in Sites reservoir, Sacramento Bee

California must develop a modern water system and strategy that includes greater flexibility to deal with climate change and a growing demand for an unpredictable supply of water.


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