Los Banos Grandes

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The Los Banos Grandes reservoir was first proposed in 1983 [1] and would have served a similar purpose to Sites Reservoir. The 1.73 million acre feet (2.13 km3) reservoir would have been located along the California Aqueduct several miles south of San Luis Reservoir, and would have allowed for the storage of water during wet years when extra water could be pumped from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta.[2] Pumped-storage hydroelectric plants would have been built between Los Banos Grandes and the existing Los Banos flood control reservoir, and between that reservoir and the aqueduct.[3] The current status of Los Banos Grandes remains uncertain, as the DWR has been unable to appropriate funding since the 1990s.

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  1. ^ Richard E. Howitt; et al. (1999). Integrated economic-engineering analysis of California's future water supply (PDF). Report for the State of California Resources Agency, Sacramento, California. p. 26.
  2. ^ Donna Beth Weilenman (April 2, 2013). "The Delta: Garamendi plan offered as alternative to 'destructive plumbing plan' of tunnels". Benecia Herald. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.calwater.ca.gov/Admin_Record/D-054322.pdf