Sierra Valley Agricultural Water Diversion Efficiency and Improvement Project

The Sierra Valley Water Company operates and maintains a diversion dam and conveyance channel allowing water from the Little Truckee River to be diverted under specific conditions and during a specific season into the Feather River watershed (Sierra Valley). The proposed project is to provide a mechanism for conduit to be installed from the diversion dam for approximately 2.5 miles to significantly increase agricultural water use efficiency and to restore the watercourse ecosystem from Little Truckee Summit to Onion Valley. This project will significantly reduce water loss from the conveyance channel due to seepage and remove significant erosive conditions and sediment loading that is evident along the route of the diversion ditch into Sierra Valley. Current losses are approximately 25% of the water diverted. This project will prevent further scouring and deepening of the channel that is presently over fifteen (15) feet in depth to the watercourse; stop erosion and sedimentation that is annually contributing to a significant impact into the downstream ecosystem and meadows; and make significant contributions to improving water quality. The efficiencies in delivery of agricultural water to Sierra Valley under the 1870 water right will also be significantly improved.
Sponsoring Agency
Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District
Primary Contact
Jeff Carmichael
Contact Email
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Matching Funds
None listed
Total Cost
DAC Benefit
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Agricultural land stewardship, Agricultural Water Use Efficiency, Conveyance - regional/local, Ecosystem restoration, Land use planning and management, Matching water quality to water use, Outreach and engagement, Pollution prevention, Sediment management, Wastewater/NPDES, Water transfers, Water-dependent recreation
Project Objectives
Address economic challenges of municipal service providers to serve customers, Build communication and collaboration among water resources stakeholders, Effectively address climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in water resources management, Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs, Improve coordination of land use and water resources planning, Improve efficiency and reliability of water supply and infrastructure, Maximize agricultural, environmental, and municipal water use efficiency, Protect, restore, and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources, Restore natural hydrologic functions, Work with counties/communities/groups to maintain capacity for water-related projects, Work with DWR to develop strategies and actions for the operation of SWP facilities
Project Status
Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Drought Preparedness, Generation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. green technology)
Project Owner

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