Senator Nielsen Pushes for Construction of Sites Reservoir

Friday, February 6, 2015

At a gathering of leaders in the State’s water policies, Senate Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) pushed for unity to secure funding from Proposition 1 to build Sites Reservoir.

“Sites Reservoir is best positioned to help increase our water supply, improve flood protection, improve water quality and enhance water resources for the foreseeable future,” said Senator Nielsen.

Citing the public benefits for all Californians, Nielsen touted the hard work that resulted in the passage of the water bond last November, and asked stakeholders to work together to increase California’s water supply.

“While the construction of Sites and Temperance Flats Reservoirs won’t bring relief to the current drought, we must build for the future generations of Californians.”

The meeting in Auburn was hosted by Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, a group of private and public leaders from 15 mountain counties whose mission is to “unite agencies, groups and individuals whose interests include protecting and enhancing Mountain County water resources.” 

John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the association, echoed Senator Nielsen’s sentiments. 

“In addressing the state’s water needs, we must emphasize the importance of our natural infrastructure and having a healthy and resilient watershed in addition to building new above-ground storage. We thank Senator Nielsen for his leadership to gather and galvanize all stakeholders.”