The project will help improve Delta-Mendota canal conveyance limitations, allow for maintenance and repair activities and provide the flexibility to respond to Central Valley Project and State Water Project emergency water operations.

The project is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and is scheduled to be online to deliver water in the last quarter of 2011.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior said: “Reclamation's ARRA projects are meeting future water supply needs, improving infrastructure reliability and safety, safeguarding our environment while creating jobs in the West. The intertie connecting the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct will facilitate more efficient movement of water. This will help alleviate some of the difficulties caused by the three-year drought.”