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Local officials help identify new reservoir in Northern California

Posted: July 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Local water officials recently helped identify a new location for a reservoir in Northern California.

Although the discovery is unlikely to benefit Santa Clarita Valley water users directly, offsetting water use elsewhere in the state frees up water supplies for others, including those locally, said Dirk Marks, water resources manager for the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

For the last couple of years, the local agency has participated in a study examining the prospect of more than 150,000 acre-feet of water being released for California users from a reservoir on the Bear River at Garden Bar — enough to fill 653 million bathtubs.

In 2008, the agency, along with four other water providers, was invited by the South Sutter Water Agency District to participate in a preliminary study of a new reservoir on the Bear River.

The study estimates California cities and farms could make use of water made available via a reservoir on Bear River.

For more than 60 years, water officials have been eyeing the potential of such a reservoir built at Garden Bar as a way of making more water available to water users downstream.

Garden Bar, with its rocky, steep landscape, sits between the Camp Far West and Lake Combie reservoirs and is ideal for a reservoir, , according to the study.

“We were very pleased to participate in this study,” Marks said.

“That participation is consistent with the agency’s practice to actively pursue diverse and cost-effective water-supply opportunities for our valley.”


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