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Congressman John Garamendi Applauds $449 Million Federal Grant for the Sites Reservoir Project

November 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded the announcement of a $449 million federal grant to support the Sites Reservoir Project. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, and is the single largest award in the program’s history.

“California is in urgent need of increased water storage for urban, environmental, and agricultural uses, and Sites Reservoir will provide it,” said Garamendi. “I have been a longtime supporter of the Sites project, and I’m very pleased by the USDA’s decision to award this grant. Combined with the $816 million grant from Proposition 1 funding this summer and funding from the Bureau of Reclamation, the Sites Reservoir project is now well on its way.

“More support is still needed and there is more work to be done, but because of this grant, California is even closer to having increased resiliency against droughts and a more reliable water supply for farms, wildlife and our communities. I thank Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for his support and the Sites Joint Project Authority for their continued work. I will continue working with my Congressional colleagues on a bipartisan basis to secure the rest of the funding needed to complete the Sites Reservoir project.”

The Sites Reservoir will add 500,000 acre-feet per year of usable water to the state’s water system, representing two thirds of the total amount of storage being created by Proposition 1 funding. It will also be the most cost-effective state-funded water storage project in California in recent decades, once built.