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The C.W. Bill Jones Pumping Plant (formerly the Tracy Pumping Plant) [1] located 9 miles northwest of Tracy, CA, was constructed between 1947 and 1951, and is a key component of the Central Valley Project. [2] The Delta Cross Channel intercepts Sacramento River water as it travels westwards towards Suisun Bay and diverts it south through a series of man-made channels, the Mokelumne River, and other natural sloughs, marshes and distributaries. From there, the water travels to the C.W. Bill Jones Pumping Plant, which raises water into the Delta-Mendota Canal, which in turn travels 117 miles (188 km) southwards to Mendota Pool on the San Joaquin River, supplying water to other CVP reservoirs about midway. The Tracy Fish Collection Facility exists at the entrance of the pump plant in order to catch fish that would otherwise end up in the Delta-Mendota Canal. [3]

Central Valley Project Flood control, energy production , and water conveyance infrastructure

The Central Valley Project (CVP) is a federal power and water management project in the U.S. state of California under the supervision of the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). It was devised in 1933 in order to provide irrigation and municipal water to much of California's Central Valley—by regulating and storing water in reservoirs in the northern half of the state, and transporting it to the water-poor San Joaquin Valley and its surroundings by means of a series of canals, aqueducts and pump plants, some shared with the California State Water Project (SWP). Many CVP water users are represented by the Central Valley Project Water Association.

Delta Cross Channel

The Delta Cross Channel is a facility in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that diverts water from the Sacramento River. The facility was built in 1951 in Walnut Grove, California. It diverts water to Snodgrass Slough, from where it flows to the Mokelumne River, then to the San Joaquin River, towards the C.W. Bill Jones Pumping Plant, which is the intake for the Delta-Mendota Canal, part of the Central Valley Project. The distance from the channel to the Jones Pumping Plant is about 50 miles.

Suisun Bay bay on the California coast of the United States

Suisun Bay is a shallow tidal estuary in northern California. It lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, forming the entrance to the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, an inverted river delta. Suisun Marsh, the tidal marsh land to the north, is the largest marsh in California. Grizzly Bay forms a northern extension of Suisun Bay. The bay is directly north of Contra Costa County.

The Jones Pumping Plant provides water service to 32 water districts within the western San Joaquin Valley, San Benito and Santa Clara counties. Of the approximate 3,000,000 acre feet (3.7×109 m3) of water distributed, 2,500,000 acre feet (3.1×109 m3) is delivered to farms, 200,000 acre feet (250,000,000 m3) to urban areas, including Tracy and cities with in the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and 300,000 acre feet (370,000,000 m3) for wildlife refuges. [4]

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References

  1. "Tracy Pumping Plant Renamed to Honor C.W. "Bill" Jones". Archived from the original on 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  2. https://www.usbr.gov/mp/mpr-news/docs/factsheets/jones-pumping-plant.pdf
  3. "Tracy Fish Collection Facility—Map and Schematic". Tracy Research. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Archived from the original on 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  4. https://www.usbr.gov/mp/mp140/pim/docs/Tracy_FactSheet_12-21-06.pdf US Bureau of Reclamation fact sheet
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