Salazar Highlights Federal Efforts on Water in Bay Area Visit

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar highlighted recent federal efforts to increase California’s water reliability during a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area today.

Speaking this morning at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Salazar discussed the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping California secure future water supplies, spur the health of the Delta ecosystem, and spur economic growth and job creation through major initiatives such as the restorations of the Klamath River, the California Bay Delta and the San Joaquin River.

Later, he toured the nearly completed state-of-the-art Rock Slough Fish Screen in Eastern Contra Costa County, praising it as a project that will increase operational flexibility for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, protect the environment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and ensure the Contra Costa Water District’s reliable supply of water.

“This project is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to help build a more secure and sustainable water supply for the people of California while also providing economic stimulus and working toward restoration of the California Bay Delta,” Salazar said.

Funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and built by Reclamation in partnership with CCWD, the water infrastructure project is on track to be among the first stimulus-funded projects completed in California.

With completion of this project, all four of CCWD’s intakes will be screened, preventing Delta fish from entering the Contra Costa Canal through the Rock Slough intake, located near the East Contra Costa County Town of Knightsen.

Read more about Salazar's visit from KQED News.