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State Water Project

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The State Water Project is the nation's largest state-built water and power development and delivery system.  Stretching from Northern California through the  Bay Area, the Central Valley and into Southern California, it is a multi-faceted system that includes reservoirs, lakes, storage tanks, canals, tunnels, pipelines and pumping and power plants.  Together, these elements enable the state to capture, store, and convey water to 27 public water agencies. Through the State Water Project, State Water Contractors member agencies deliver water to more than 26 million residents, businesses and farms up and down California.

Built more than 50 years ago, the State Water Project was a marvel for its time. Today, critical infrastructure investments must be made to ensure a continued reliable water supply. The heart of the State Water Project, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is no longer a suitable pathway for the state’s water supplies. Struggling fish populations, environmental issues and ongoing regulatory hurdles make the Delta incompatible with a reliable water delivery system.

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County of Kings

The County of Kings is located in the south-central portion of the San Joaquin Valley and utilizes State Water Project water. The County is among the top agricultural counties in the United States despite it’s relatively small size.

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Delta Disrupted

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The heart of California’s water system and the largest estuary on the West Coast—the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta—is highly vulnerable. Environmental concerns are mounting. Water supplies are at risk. The U.S. Geological Survey has warned of a 63 percent probability that a 6.7 magnitude or larger earthquake will hit in the next 30 years....

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