Surface water storage in Northern California was developed in the last century primarily to protect cities and rural communities from flooding that has ravaged Sacramento and various other communities throughout the region. These reservoirs also serve as critical water supplies for Northern California and many areas throughout California, plus they serve as recreational hubs for the region and the nearby communities.
See the current reservoir levels for up to date information.
Looking to the future, new smart storage will help serve water in the Sacramento Valley for multiple benefits, particularly during dry years. Sites Reservoir, an offstream reservoir on the west-side of the Sacramento Valley, is strongly supported throughout the Sacramento Valley and California. More information can be seen at Sites Reservoir.