The Region, created by the Secretary of the Interior in 1942, manages one of the largest water storage and conveyance systems in the world. The MP Region comprises 20 dams and reservoirs that provide water for urban, industrial, agricultural, and fish and wildlife/environmental uses; generate hydro-electric power; and provide for flood protection, river navigation, and recreation.
The Region includes lands from Klamath Falls, Oregon, south to Bakersfield, California, and most of northwestern Nevada.
The MP Region is one of five Regions that carry on day-to-day planning, management, and operational activities for the Bureau of Reclamation.
The Mid-Pacific Region is best known for the massive Central Valley Project (CVP) built to tame the flood waters and irrigate the semi-arid acreage of California's vast Central Valley, the CVP grew over the last 50 years to become one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world.
The CVP is a system of 20 reservoirs and more than 500 miles of major canals and aqueducts that encompasses 35 counties. The CVP has a combined storage capacity of more than 11 million acre-feet of water. Deliveries by CVP include providing an annual average of 5 million acre-feet of water for agriculture,600,000 acre-feet for municipial and industrial uses (enough to supply about 2.5 million people in one year) and water for wildlife refuges and maintaining water quality in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta.
There are 11 hydroelectric powerplants providing an average of 5.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to supply around 1.5 million people with power throughout the Mid-Pacific Region.
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Last update: March 12, 2013