Secretaries Perdue and Zinke in California TODAY and Tuesday

Perdue and Zinke Tour Paradise Fire Damage and Launch Water Project
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United States Department of Agriculture

Media Advisory

(Paradise, CA, November 26, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be in California TODAY, Monday, November 26th and Tuesday November 27th. On Monday, the Secretaries will attend a meeting with community leaders and tour Camp Fire damage in Paradise, California. On Tuesday, they will join Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rickey “R.D.” James north of Sacramento near the Funks Reservoir for an overview and update on the Sites Reservoir Project as well as an announcement on USDA funding for the project. Following the reservoir visit, the Secretaries and Assistant Secretary will tour Strain Ranches and hold a roundtable discussion with California producers.

* NOTE: Media interested in attending any event must RSVP to press@oc.usda.gov by TODAY, Monday, November 26th at 3:00pm PT.

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TODAY, Monday, November 26th

Secretary Perdue, Secretary Zinke, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa to attend a meeting with community leaders, Camp Fire survivors, and fire fighters working to stabilize the area. Following the meeting, the Secretaries will hold a media availability and partake in a driving tour to view damage to the city of Paradise.

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, November 26th beginning at 1:45pm PT

WHERE: Paradise Alliance Church, Room 202, 6491 Clark Road, Paradise, CA

*NOTE: The driving portion of the tour will cover approximately 10 miles, make two stops, and last about one hour. Media are invited to follow along on the tour. There will be no electricity at the Church

TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 27th

Secretary Perdue, Secretary Zinke, Assistant Secretary James, and U.S. Representatives LaMalfa, David Valadao, and Jeff Denham receive a Sites Reservoir Project briefing and update regarding a USDA funding announcement, as well as hold a roundtable discussion. Following the roundtable, the Secretaries and Assistant Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 27th beginning at 8:00am PT

WHERE: Sites Project Authority Office, 122 Old Highway 99 West, Maxwell, CA 95955

*NOTE: Media should arrive at the Sites Project Authority Office by 8:00am PT to board a van to be driven by restricted-access road to the Funks Reservoir. Following the briefing, the van will return to the Sites Project Authority Office for a roundtable discussion and USDA funding announcement. The Secretaries and Assistant Secretary will be available for media following the roundtable discussion.

*NOTE: Further details about USDA’s funding announcement are below.

Secretary Perdue, Secretary Zinke, Assistant Secretary James, and Representatives LaMalfa, Valadao, and Denham tour Strain Ranches and hold a roundtable discussion with California producers. Following the tour, the Secretaries and Assistant Secretary will be available for media.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 27th beginning at 10:30am PT

WHERE: Strain Ranches, ​6360 Hahn Road, Arbuckle, CA 95912

Sites Reservoir Project Background:

The water storage announcement follows on President Donald J. Trump’s memo to promote a reliable supply and delivery of water out west. The Sites Reservoir Project will greatly help farmers and ranchers in the Sacramento Valley by increasing the stability and access to much-needed water supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing a $449,229,000 loan for the Maxwell Water Intertie (MWI), which is the largest Community Facilities direct loan in the history of the program. The MWI project will provide for the transfer of water between the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District (GCID) Main Canal and the Tehama-Colusa (TC) Canal, which will increase water supply resiliency and reliability for participating water agencies.