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Reclamation Commissioner Keys to Recognize CCWD with Water 2025 Challenge Grant In Oakley on Oct. 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                 

October 4, 2004

                                                                                                                       

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:                                                                                                                             

Patty Friesen, CCWD Director of Public Affairs (925) 688-8194
Jeff McCracken, Bureau of Reclamation (916) 978-5100

 

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Reclamation Commissioner John Keys Visits Oakley, CCWD’s Unlined and Lined Contra Costa Canal, First Pumping Plant Along Contra Costa Canal

 

Reclamation Commissioner Keys to

Recognize CCWD with Water 2025 Challenge Grant

In Oakley on October 14   

 

OAKLEY -  Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Commissioner John W. Keys, III, will present a grant to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) on Thursday, October 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the site of the District’s Pumping Plant on the Contra Costa Canal off of Highway 4, between Cypress Road and Rose Avenue. (Directions are attached.)

 

The $200,000 grant is from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Water 2025 Challenge Grant Program. It will be used to fund a portion of CCWD's $9.13 million Canal Encasement Project. This project will encase a 2,100-foot portion of the Contra Costa Canal to reduce salinity and water quality impacts of groundwater seepage from adjacent agricultural areas. CCWD has already received  $7.3 million toward the project from a California state grant funded by Proposition 13.

 

Reclamation began construction of the Contra Costa Canal in 1937. Three years later, at this site in Oakley, the facility delivered the massive Central Valley Project’s first water supplies in California. The canal delivers water to a population of 450,000 in Central Contra Costa County. It winds for 52 miles from Knightsen to Martinez. The first four miles of the canal, from Knightsen to Oakley are unlined and subject to water quality degradation from agricultural drainage and seepage.

 

CCWD is one of 19 agencies in the West, and one of four in California, selected for a Water 2025 Challenge Grant this year. These grants are administered by Reclamation and provide local water districts throughout the West with matching funds to support a variety of projects to make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation, efficiency, and water market projects.  Reclamation is the agency of the Department of the Interior responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Central Valley Project and other Federal water storage, water distribution, and electric power generation facilities in the 17 Western States.

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Contra Costa Water District     1331 Concord Ave., P.O. Box H2O, Concord, CA  94524    www.ccwater.com

The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is a special district public agency that delivers raw and treated water to a population of 450,000 in central and eastern Contra Costa County. Treated water customers include: Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Pacheco, Port Costa, and parts of Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek. Raw water customers include: Diablo Water District (Oakley), California Cities Water Company (Bay Point), and the cities of Antioch, Martinez, and Pittsburg.

 

 

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