State Budget Includes $10 Million for Woodland-Davis Water Project

DAVIS, CA – The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency and Reclamation District 2035 announced today their success in securing $10 million in Proposition 40 funds for a new surface water intake facility on the Sacramento River. The funding, which was included as part of the state budget signed yesterday by Governor Brown, will complement $16.7 million previously committed by the US Bureau of Reclamation for the project.

“We were successful at the state level thanks in large part to assistance from California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and backing from State Legislators Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada,” said WDCWA Chair and Woodland City Councilman Bill Marble. “We also had strong support from local and regional officials and other organizations interested in protecting the health of the Delta and associated waterways. This was a great team effort.”

“This project improves drinking water quality for the residents of Yolo County, while also improving water quality in the Sacramento River and in the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” said State Senator Lois Wolk. “This is a rare opportunity to move forward a project that truly benefits both the water supply of this region and the ecosystem of the Delta, and I am happy to support efforts to secure both state and federal funding.”

“This joint intake reduces the environmental impacts of separate diversion facilities,” said Assemblymember Mariko Yamada. “The broad regional, state and federal support for this project’s potential to restore historical ecological conditions is a win for the environment and the economy.”

The intake, which is to be jointly constructed by the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency (WDCWA) and Reclamation District 2035 (RD 2035), is a cornerstone of the Agency’s regional surface water project to serve Woodland and Davis, but will also provide irrigation water to sustain agricultural operations in the area. It will replace the largest unscreened intake on the Sacramento River north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, featuring fish screens to prevent the entrapment of juvenile salmon and other threatened and endangered fish species. For that reason, the project has earned broad support from federal officials and agencies interested in improving ecosystem conditions in the Delta and connected waterways.

“With federal and state funding in place for the intake facility, we are in a position to initiate bidding for this part of the project in the fall, and start construction in February,” said current WDCWA Board Vice-Chair and Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza. "Securing funds for the intake demonstrates the success we are having in obtaining outside funding to lower project costs to ratepayers. This success encourages us to work still harder to offset other project costs, such as those for the water treatment facility and pipelines. Importantly, WDCWA and both cities remain strongly focused on all means that might assist us in driving down project costs."

The strong commitment to cost reductions was underscored by WDCWA Board Member and Woodland City Mayor Skip Davies. “The cities, independently of the WDCWA, will also pursue both federal and state assistance in the form of grants and low-interest loans to minimize the financial impact on our water customers,” said Davies. “We promised our ratepayers to do all we can to ‘buy down’ the need for rate increases with state and federal funding. The state funding is one example of how we are honoring that promise.” 

For more information, please contact WDCWA General Manager Dennis Diemer at (530) 747-8299.