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Sites Reservoir Needed for Reliable Water Future

Aug. 01, 2019

A flexible, reliable water supply is essential to California’s economy and to the job creation and job security goals of…

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Sites Reservoir – Improved Resilience for California in Wet, Dry and Average Years

Aug. 01, 2019

As California seeks water resiliency and solutions to prepare for more extreme wet and dry years, Sites Reservoir emerges as…

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California Needs to Build Sites Reservoir. Here’s Why.

Jul. 07, 2019

California’s aging water infrastructure desperately needs an upgrade. Shorter, more intense rain storms, less snowpack and more prolonged stretches of…


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May. 15, 2019

Key Conflicts Roil California’s Ever-Evolving Waterscape

As 2018 was winding down, one of California’s leading newspapers suggested, via a front-page, banner-headlined article, that the drought that had plagued the state for much of this decade may…

May. 01, 2019

Reservoir Project Will Boost Storage, Increase Environmental Flows in Northern California

Sites Civil Engineering Magazine Article

Apr. 22, 2019

Ducks Unlimited Submits Letter in Support of Sites Reservoir

Today, Ducks Unlimited joined California Waterfowl Association and Grasslands Water District in support of the Sites Reservoir Project Act through a public letter to Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa.

Mar. 04, 2019

California Should Stop Thinking About More Dams. The State is Brimming With Them

Think California should build a lot more dams to catch these deluges? Forget it.

Yes, the next severe drought is inevitable. And after California dries out and becomes parched again,…

Feb. 28, 2019

Garamendi Introduces Sites Reservoir Project Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Sites Reservoir Project Act (H.R.1453) to provide federal support for the construction of Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and…

Feb. 20, 2019

Commentary: Sites Reservoir Offers Innovative Water Solutions

Managing our state’s water resources remains one of the greatest challenges that will continue to face California policy makers well into the future.

The state’s water infrastructure is getting older and…

Nov. 27, 2018

USDA Invests in Innovative Management of California Water Supply

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $449 million to help build an innovative water management system that will increase…

Jul. 25, 2018

Congressman John Garamendi Hails Award of $816 million in Proposition 1 Funding to Sites Reservoir

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded today’s decision by the California Water Commission to award $816 million in Proposition 1 funding…

Jul. 25, 2018

California Water Commission Announces Funding for Sites Reservoir

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the California Water Commission announced Proposition 1 funding of $816 million for Sites Reservoir.

Jul. 24, 2018

Sites Reservoir to Receive $816 Million in State Funding

Maxwell, CA – The California Water Commission voted today to award the Sites Reservoir $816 million in state funding – the most of any Proposition 1 applicant – to provide environmental…

Jun. 26, 2018

Sites reservoir is too smart an investment for California to pass up

When California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, they specifically called for new storage to help the environment. The Sites Reservoir, a proposed off-stream reservoir north of the Delta meets this need,…

May. 30, 2018

Fremont Weir Groundbreaking: Statement from Sites Executive Director

Maxwell, CA – The Sites Reservoir Authority (Authority) today joined state, federal and local officials and environmental organizations in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project…

May. 07, 2018

Statement from Sites Reservoir Authority Chairman Fritz Durst on Water Commissioners Public Benefit Score Determination

Maxwell, CA – In a series of public meetings last week the California Water Commission considered staff recommended public benefit scores for applicants seeking Proposition 1 funding for new storage projects.

Apr. 20, 2018

Statement from Sites Reservoir Authority Chairman Fritz Durst on Water Commission Staff Revised Public Benefit Scores

Maxwell, CA – Staff for the California Water Commission today released revised public benefit scores to project applicants seeking Proposition 1 funding for new storage projects. The Sites Reservoir Authority Chairman…

Apr. 12, 2018

Bond Counsel Services RFP 17-03

The Sites Reservoir Authority (Authority) is soliciting proposals from firms (each a Proposer) interested in serving as its Bond Counsel Services representation for the implementation of the Sites Reservoir Project (Project),…

Feb. 05, 2018

California Water Commission Staff Undervalues Public Benefits of New Storage

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…

Jan. 25, 2018

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

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…

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.

Sep. 18, 2017

Sites Reservoir Comment Period Extended

MAXWELL, CA – The Sites Reservoir Authority (Authority) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) – lead agencies for the Sites Reservoir – have extended the public review and comment period for…

Aug. 14, 2017

Sites Reservoir Takes Critical Step Forward

MAXWELL, CA -The Sites Reservoir 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.…

Jul. 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…

Jun. 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…

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…

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…

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,…

Mar. 02, 2017

Scoping Comment Period Closed

The Sites Reservoir scoping comment period is closed. The Sites Reservoir 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 Reservoir 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Oct. 25, 2016

Video Recap of October 21st Milestones Event

Video from the October 21, 2016 press event at the new Sites Reservoir office in Maxwell featuring several local elected officials, Sites Reservoir Authority Board Members, and the president of the…

Oct. 21, 2016

Sites Reservoir 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…

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.

Jul. 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…

Jul. 20, 2016

Public Meeting Presentation

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

Jul. 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…

Jul. 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.

Jul. 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.

Jul. 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…

Jun. 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…

Jun. 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 Reservoir 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.