Public meetings set for proposed Sites Reservoir
November 30, 2017
• It is planned for an area northwest of Sacramento
• Meetings will include draft environmental impact documents
The Sites Project Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are hosting two public meetings to get input from the public, tribes and agencies on the draft environmental impact report and statement for the Sites reservoir project.
If it’s built, the Sites reservoir west of Colusa would collect winter flood flows from the Sacramento River. Its cost is projected to be as much a $3.2 billion.
In preparing the draft EIR/EIS, the authority serves as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Reclamation as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act. Reclamation is also the lead agency for a federal feasibility investigation and is a cost sharing partner with the Authority to determine the federal interest and role in the project.
The draft EIR/EIS provides information about the potential environmental effects and mitigation measures associated with constructing and operating the Sites project.
The two public meetings will begin with an open house where staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about the environmental review process and documents. Public comments will then be taken after a brief presentation.
Written comments will be accepted at each meeting, and written and electronic comments can be submitted through January 15, 2018.
Email to: EIR-EIS-Comments@SitesProject.org
Draft EIR/EIS Comments
Sites Project Authority
P.O. Box 517
Maxwell, CA 95955
Public meetings will be held on:
• Tuesday, December 5, from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
100 Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento Ballroom
Sacramento, CA 95814
• Thursday, December 7, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sites Project Authority Office
122 Old Highway 99 West
Maxwell, CA 95955
The Sites Project represents decades of planning and evaluations to optimize water supplies and deliveries throughout California and provide direct and real benefits to instream flows and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. The Authority has spent the last seven years working toward this goal by engaging the public, stakeholders, state and federal agencies and landowners, conducting feasibility studies and now, furthering the required environmental planning process.