published on June 29, 2016 - 10:15 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

At a public ceremony to take place Friday, officials representing the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority and the Bureau of Reclamation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate and complete feasibility studies of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir project.


The feasibility studies and MOU are part of a process to develop the necessary information to apply for the State of California’s Proposition 1 funding for water storage projects.

Officials of the recently formed San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority and Reclamation will take part in the signing ceremony, which will be held at 10 a.m. outside the old Fresno County Courthouse, overlooking Millerton Lake and Friant Dam.

A news conference will follow.

This new partnership will allow communities and organizations throughout the San Joaquin Valley to participate in completing the studies of a new dam and reservoir on the San Joaquin River upstream of Friant Dam.

This effort will assist in determining the financial feasibility of the proposed project consistent with federal requirements and meet the requirements of the California Water Commission to successfully compete for an equitable share of the $2.7 billion state water bond funds.

The new authority was formed by supervisors in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Merced counties, as well as leaders of cities, Native American tribes and other agencies, to support the proposed project and to encourage planning and development of other new valley water infrastructure.

If authorized by Congress and jointly funded, the proposed Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir would be a part of the Federal Central Valley Project.

It would create 1,260,000 acre- feet of new water storage, more than twice the capacity of Millerton Lake.

The project would permit capture of more of the river’s high flows and improve groundwater management in the San Joaquin Valley.

A number of prominent Central Valley political leaders are expected to participate in the event, including Rep. Jim Costa and Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula and Jim Patterson. Supervisors and local elected officials from Madera, Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties will also take part in the signing.


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