Statement by Federico Barajas on the Federal Investment in the B.F. Sisk Dam Raise Project
By Scott Petersen, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority
“Investment in improved water storage, like the B.F. Sisk Dam Raise and Reservoir Expansion Project, is an important tool for increasing our resilience to changing rainfall and snowpack patterns,” said Federico Barajas, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority.
“During the last 10 years, the communities and ecosystems that rely on the water supplied by our member agencies have experienced water whiplash – two of the driest three-year periods in California’s history and two of its wettest years. It is clear that we must store water when its available for use in the drier periods we know will come. We value the partnership we have with the U.S. Department of Interior and its agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation, and look forward to advancing this project that will allow us to become more climate resilient.”