Funding Process and Partners
State and Federal Funding
The Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project aligns with state and federal storage objectives and the project has the potential to receive both state and federal funds for project implementation.
Los Vaqueros is one of the original CALFED surface storage projects included in the CALFED Record of Decision (PDF). Funding for initial studies was provided by both the California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation.
The Bureau of Reclamation, the long-term federal partner on the project, is providing funding for the ongoing Federal Feasibility Study evaluating potential benefits for wildlife refuge supply, a high priority ecosystem need. CCWD is working with key federal legislators to ensure continued federal funding for completion of the feasibility work.
The passage of Proposition 1 in 2014 provided an opportunity for state funding based on voters' interest in water storage projects in California. The California Water Commission is administering the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) to fund the public benefits associated with these projects.
In July 2018, the Commission approved the maximum conditional funding amount for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project, and now needs to complete the remaining Proposition 1 requirements, including final permits, environmental documents, contracts for the administration of public benefits, and commitments for non-Proposition 1 funding.
- CWC Increases Potential Funding for WSIP Projects - March 2022
- CWC Determines Continued Eligibility of the Project - October 2021
- CWC Authorizes Changes in Funding Projects - January 2021
- Bureau of Reclamation News Release: Trump Administration advances western water storage projects - December 2020
- Federal WIIN Act funding approved for Phase 2 Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project - December 2019
- CCWD News Release: Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project Gets $459 Million from Prop. 1 (PDF) - July 2018
- CWC News Release: Commission Approves Investing $2.7 Billion in Eight Water Storage Projects (PDF) - July 2018
- Maximum Conditional Eligibility Determination Letter Confirming Conditional Investment (PDF)- July 2018
CCWD is working closely with a diverse group of local agency partners. These agencies are participating in the project to help strengthen their water supply portfolios to better manage droughts, emergencies, climate change and regulatory challenges that limit other supplies. All of these agencies, in addition to CCWD, provided funding and in-kind services to support completion of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and the California Water Commission funding application.
In October 2021, these local agency partners formed the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which provides governance and administration for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project. Learn more about the JPA.
Local Agency Partners
- Alameda County Water District
- Contra Costa Water District
- East Bay Municipal Utility District
- Grassland Water District
- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority
- Santa Clara Valley Water District
- Zone 7 Water Agency