Reclamation Releases Progress Report on the North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage Investigation

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the State of California Department of Water Resources, today released a progress report on the North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage Investigation. The proposed project would be located about 10 miles northwest of Maxwell, Calif.

The progress report is being distributed as a status update summarizing the Investigation from 2001 to present. The purpose of the Investigation is to determine the federal interest in the potential construction of a new storage project north of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta.

The Investigation is one of four ongoing surface storage projects identified for further study in the CALFED Bay-Delta Programmatic Record of Decision, which identified program goals, objectives and projects primarily to improve California’s water supply and the ecological health of the Delta.

New offstream storage could improve the flexibility of the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project, and contribute to California’s current and future water supply, water quality and environmental needs.

The report may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nodos/docs. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. The report may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento. Please call the library to make an appointment, 916-978-5593.

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