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Garamendi Advocates for Sites Reservoir and Delta in Letter on Governor’s Water Portfolio

February 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, sent a letter to California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld, and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, advocating for the Sites Reservoir Project—an off-stream reservoir—and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio.

“I’m pleased that Governor Newsom is focusing on meeting California’s water needs. Building the off-stream Sites Reservoir will bring California closer to achieving a truly drought-resilient water system. Our state needs to make forward-looking investments to meet its future water supply needs, and Sites will benefit farmers, our communities, and the environment. That’s why I helped secure an additional $6 million in federal funding for this crucial project in 2019. I’m thrilled to earn Governor Newsom’s support for this off-stream reservoir, and I strongly support his proposal to refocus California’s resources on approving permits for the project,” Garamendi said.

“I’m also pleased that the Governor’s plan reaffirms his commitment to abandon the Twin Tunnels boondoggle and consider alternatives. My letter implores the State to avoid alternatives that would negatively impact the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s precious ecosystem and productive agricultural land. I look forward to working with Secretaries Crowfoot, Blumenfeld, and Ross as well as Governor Newsom to identify alternatives to the Twin Tunnels that meet California’s water needs without harming the Delta,” Garamendi concluded.

Garamendi’s full letter can be read here.