The Water Authority's board of directors is scheduled to consider certifying the EIR/EIS and approving the project at the April 24, 2008 board meeting. The public is welcome to attend. The time of the board meeting will be posted on the Water Authority's website one week prior to the meeting.
San Vicente Dam Raise and Carryover Storage Project Background
San Vicente Dam will be raised 54 feet as part of the Emergency Storage Project to store 52,000 acre-feet of additional water for the San Diego region to use in the event of an interruption in imported water supplies. By raising the dam an additional 63 feet, more water can be stored.
This new project is known as the Carryover Storage Project.
If approved, the Carryover Storage Project will provide the Water Authority the ability to collect and store an additional 100,000 acre-feet of water during wet years, when it is plentiful, and "carry it over" for use in subsequent dry years when there is a shortage.
An Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared as part of the approval process for the Carryover Storage Project. The preferred alternative identified in the study is to raise San Vicente Dam and additional 63 feet, beyond the 54 feet already planned as part of the Emergency Storage Project, for a total raise of 117 feet and 152,000 acre-feet of water storage.
Construction for the San Vicente Dam Raise project is scheduled to begin in early 2009.
For more information about the San Vicente Dam Raise project, go to the Water Authority's website. You may also call the toll-free project information line at (877) 426-2010 or email ESPinfo@sdcwa.org.
The Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water. The Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region's $157 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 million residents.
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Jeffrey A. Shoaf, P.E., Principal Engineer
San Diego County Water Authority
Project Information Line: (877) 426-2010