Recently the Sites Joint Powers Authority (JPA) recognized the need to have a full time staff member to insure that the JPA was ready to submit a proposal for the water storage portion of the Proposition 1 bond. The California Water Commission is tasked with developing the criteria for how the funds will be allocated and the distribution of the funds. Deadline for the storage proposals is January of 2017.
With over 30 years of planning and design experience in both water and power projects, Jim Watson brings a new level of energy and experience to the JPA. With project experience ranging from Renewable Energy for PG&E, to Seismic Retrofit for the Anderson Dam, Watson’s project level experience will be a welcome addition to significant progress already made by the JPA. Watson holds a BS degree from Berkley in Civil Engineering and has managed large capitol projects as both an owner and consultant.
When asked how he feels about his new position and his chance of success Watson had this to say. “I would not have taken this job if I didn’t think it was important to Northern California or if I didn’t think we could get it done. The timing is right to make a significant investment to improve our future water supplies while being protective of the environment. Sites is the first reservoir project specifically configured to achieve both of these goals.”
The years of hard work by the board of the JPA to bring more water security to the Sacramento Valley is a testament to the determination of local citizens to see this project completed. The broadbased support from people in all aspects of government and the private sector show the need to bring a new supply of water to a state that has been crippled by the drought.