From AgNet West РCongress has given the green light for a significant boost to the Sites Reservoir Project, based on a recommendation from the Bureau of Reclamation. A total of $205.6 million in federal funds is being allocated. The money comes from the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which helps enhance water systems across the country. It marks the largest single award in the history of the WIIN Act for a storage project. With more than $3 billion in federal financing secured, along with state funds, the Sites Reservoir Project is set to become California’s first major reservoir since 1999. The Sites Project Authority notes that had the reservoir already been functional, it would be at an estimated 80 percent capacity based on 2023 flows and storms in early 2024. (more)