FAIRFIELD — Reps. John Garamendi and Doug LaMalfa will take part in a press conference Wednesday to announce congressional legislation that would authorize building Sites Reservoir in Colusa County to provide 1.9 million acre feet of water storage.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and LaMalfa, R-Richvale, will discuss the legislation at 9 a.m. near Maxwell in Colusa County. Kevin Eastman, legislative director for LaMalfa, said Sites Reservoir would be built in a valley just west of the Sacramento River.
“It makes a lot of sense,” he said of the project.
An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, or the amount of water needed to cover one acre with water a foot deep. This is enough water to serve two California families for a year, according to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Sites is the only proposal that has bipartisan support, said Eastman, who noted California’s diminished water supplies.
“The environmental impacts of the drought are going to be pretty big this fall,” he said.
LaMalfa represents the 1st Congressional District that includes Placer, Glenn, Nevada, Sierra and Siskiyou counties. Garamendi represents the 3rd Congressional District that includes the Solano County communities of Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base and Dixon.
The state Department of Water Resources said in 2007 that then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had proposed new reservoirs and that Sites was estimated to cost $2.3 to $3.2 billion.
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