Area congressmen join together to provide federal support for proposed Sites Reservoir

From The Appeal Democrat – North State congressmen from both sides of the political aisle announced a plan Thursday to help provide federal support for the construction of the proposed Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and Glenn counties. The Sites Reservoir Project Act, introduced by Congressmen Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, would direct the Bureau of Reclamation to complete a necessary feasibility study for the Sites project and, if deemed feasible, authorize additional funding and technical support. “Water storage projects, such as Sites Reservoir, are absolutely critical to securing the future of our state’s water supply,” LaMalfa said in a press release. “It’s important that we have the infrastructure to save more water during wet years so we can prepare for the dry ones California sees all too often.” (more)

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.