Secretary Salazar to Hold Groundbreaking for Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project

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10/13/2010
Last edited 4/25/2016


On Thursday, October 14 at 11 a.m., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will lead a groundbreaking for the construction of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project. The linking of these two canals by a new underground pipeline and pumping plant will improve the reliability of water supplies in a part of California hardest hit by dry conditions and loss of jobs.

The Administration has committed $15.8 million of Interior Department funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the completion of the Intertie. CALFED funding is $8.8 million. The remaining funding will come from contributed funds and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation budget. The total project cost is approximately $28 million. The new facility will be located approximately five miles west of the City of Tracy, California. The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and the California Department of Water Resources are project partners.

WHO:
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes

Michael Connor, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

David Nawi, Senior Advisor to the Secretary

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Congressman Dennis Cardoza

Congressman Jim Costa

Congressman Jerry McNerney

Lester Snow, California Secretary for Natural Resources

Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources

Mike Stearns, Chairman of the Board, San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority

Brent H. Ives, Mayor, City of Tracy


Members of the State Senate and Assembly

Other Leaders from the,San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, West Stanislaus Irrigation District

Western Area Power Administration, San Luis Water District, Friant Water Authority and Shimmick Construction Company

WHAT:
Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Groundbreaking
WHEN:
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11 a.m.
WHERE:
Off Grant Line Road near Highway 580, between the Delta-Mendota Canal and California Aqueduct near Tracy, Calif.



Be advised: Media credentials are required. Please wear shoes for rough terrain.

Directions: Westbound I-580: Take Exit 63 for Grant Line Rd. toward Byron, turn right at W Grant Line Rd. Be prepared to turn right immediately after crossing the California Aqueduct.

Eastbound I-580: Take exit 63 for Grant Line Rd. toward Byron, turn left at W Grant Line Rd. Be prepared to turn right immediately after crossing the California Aqueduct.

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