Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Sites Reservoir receiving an additional $449 million in federal funding through USDA’s Rural Development Program:
“Water and fire are huge priorities for California. They both will dramatically affect our future.
“California must expand our water storage capacity so we can save more water from wet years for dry years. As we continue to experience the worsening effects of climate change, that need will only become greater in the future.
“Projects like the Sites Reservoir are vitally important to counter climate change. Once completed, this 1.8 million acre-foot off-stream reservoir will allow us to catch excess Sacramento River flow, saving it for environmental, agricultural and residential use.
“This federal grant, along with state bond funding, represents a significant investment in modernizing California’s water system. I’m proud to have supported Sites Reservoir and will continue working to secure more funding for this important project.”