Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto Water Quality: Yesterday
In California’s Central Valley, water management and protection has always been a chief priority. Though proper distribution of water was a priority throughout the 19th century, the federal government’s Central Valley Project would not become a reality until 1933. The project provides irrigation and municipal water to Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto by regulating and storing water in reservoirs in the north and transporting it south by way of canals, aqueducts, and plants. Today, the system’s 13 million acre feet of water in 20 reservoirs and passes about 7.4 million acre feet annually through its canals.