Wednesday April 13, 2022


In response to the vote, Caty Wagner, Sierra Club California SoCal Water Organizer, stated, “We are disappointed that MWD decided to fund the next phase of Sites. This irresponsible decision directly harms Californians and increases Southern California’s dependence on the already-strained Bay-Delta.”

Los Angeles, CA – The board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the main water wholesaler in Southern California, voted today to fund the next phase of planning for the controversial Sites Reservoir with $20 million of ratepayer money.

If built, Sites Reservoir would be located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, approximately 10 miles west of Maxwell, Calif., in Glenn and Colusa Counties.  

The vote by the MWD was 54.66% in favor — and “will have major negative consequences for local communities across Southern California,” Sierra Club California reported in a statement.

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