Calif. Sites Reservoir Project seeking proposals

The proposed reservoir will have the capacity to store up to 1.8 million acre-feet of water.

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Source: ACWA

CALIFORNIA, June 7, 2016 -- The Sites Project Joint Powers Authority on Monday released a request for proposals for water agencies interested in participating in Phase 1 of the Sites Reservoir Project, which includes completing studies needed to submit an application for funding under Proposition 1 by June 2017.

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. The authority is currently preparing studies needed to submit a Proposition 1 application that, if successful, could provide funding for up to 50% of the public benefit portion of the project’s cost.

"The Authority is excited about reaching this milestone which will advance the Sites Reservoir Project in partnership with both the Department of Water Resources and Bureau of Reclamation," said Sites Project Joint Powers Authority Chairperson Kim Dolbow Vann in a statement. "Aside from providing flows under Proposition 1 that will improve the ecosystem and provide water quality benefits, our first priority is to deliver water for the benefit of Sacramento Valley, where we plan to provide these public water agencies with nearly 130,000 acre-feet of water for beneficial use. We are also looking for additional water agencies to join us in advancing this important project for the benefit of California."

Agencies interested in participating should submit the requested information by July 29 at 4 p.m.

More project and proposal information for interested agencies is available at

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