As a long term, sustainable solution to the continuing water requirements of thirsty Southern Californians, the state is dusting off plans for a Sites Reservoir.
Water would be siphoned from the Sacramento River to create a 1.3 to 1.8 million acre feet of reserve water.
On Tuesday, May 17, Doug Headrick, general manager of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, explained the plan for the Valley District Board of Directors. Valley District is the state water importer for this area.
Headrick proposed seeking 2,000 acre feet of the reserved water for the local District. He said the buy-in price for development and construction would be $30 an acre foot.
When completed, the final delivery price will be up to $1,000 an acre foot, but the time is coming when water will be even more expensive, if it is available at any price.
The Board agreed with Headrick and budgeted the investment.
The Board also allocated money for protection of the endangered Santa Ana Sucker fish. Valley District has taken the lead on a plan to protect the fish in specific locations in a Habitat Conservation Plan previously adopted.
The new addition will include equipping three existing wells to assure an adequate water supply.