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California’s Largest Proposed Water Storage Project Hits Regulatory Hurdles

East Butte Road, Sutter, CA., Wednesday, June 8, 2016.Photo Brian Baer
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Pacific Standard

Much of the project’s appeal lies in the fact that it is an “off-stream” reservoir, meaning it would not store water by damming a major river. Instead, it would be filled by water pumped from the Sacramento River, 14 miles away, during times of surplus flow. On average, project proponents estimate, about 500,000 acre-feet of water would be available annually for delivery to farms, cities, and wildlife refuge areas.