North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage Investigation/Sites Reservoir Project

North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage; click for larger photoThe North-of-Delta Offstream Storage (NODOS) investigation is one of five surface water storage studies recommended in the CALFED PEIS/EIR Record of Decision. It evaluates potential offstream surface water storage projects in the upper Sacramento River Basin that could increase surface water storage capacity in the Sacramento River Basin as one of several actions to improve water supply reliability, renewable power integration, Delta water quality, and critical fish populations within the Bay-Delta watersheds.

The Sites Reservoir Project is the result of the NODOS investigation and is a potential 1.3 to 1.8 million acre-foot offstream surface water storage project in Colusa County near the town of Maxwell. Reclamation, as the lead federal agency, has conducted a feasibility investigation and currently has a draft Environmental Impact Statement and a draft Feasibility Report available for public review.

Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) and Draft Feasibility Report (Draft FR) Available

The Bureau of Reclamation and Sites Project Authority have released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) and Draft Feasibility Report (Draft FR) for the Sites Reservoir Project.

Two public meetings are being held to provide information and gather comments on the Draft EIR/EIS and Draft FR. The public meetings will last two hours and include a one-hour open house, followed by a one-hour formal presentation and comment session. Meeting times and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento Ballroom, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sites Project Authority Office, 122 Old Highway 99 West, Maxwell, CA 95955

Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, and should be sent to Mike Dietl, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, W-2830, Sacramento, CA 95825 or

The Draft EIR/EIS is available at To request a CD copy of the Draft EIR/EIS or Draft FR, please contact James Watson, Sites Project Authority, at 530-410- 8250 or Hard copies of the document are available for review at the following locations:
  • Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
  • Sacramento Public Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Sites Project Authority, 122 Old Highway 99 West, Maxwell, CA 95955



Last Updated: 11/28/17