Biden Administration Announces $30 Million In Funding For The Sites Reservoir Project

A long-delayed plan to build a giant lake in Northern California has gotten a boost from the Biden Administration. The Department of the Interior has announced $210 Million for various water projects around the western states, including $30 Million for Sites Reservoir. In March the Environmental Protection Agency signaled its intent to loan the project nearly $2.2 Billion. That would cover about half of the project’s total cost. There’s another $450 Million that can be borrowed from Federal Agriculture Department funds. California voters had floated nearly a Billion Dollars in bond money as well. The project still must clear some regulatory processes, including an environmental review, where it’s likely to face fierce opposition from environmental groups who say the project will divert too much water from the Sacramento River. It’s hoped the project will help the region withstand droughts.┬áThe lake construction is planned for an area west of Williams in Glenn and Colusa Counties, and would hold up to 1.5 Million acre-feet of off-stream storage as a catch basin for storm water and flood flows.

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