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Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion
The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), in partnership with the federal Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources, expanded the Los Vaqueros Reservoir to develop water supplies for fisheries and habitat needs in the complex Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta and increase Bay Area water supply reliability during drought periods, emergencies, and regulatory and environmental restrictions. 

Charles developed and implemented the interagency coordination and an extensive stakeholder and community involvement program.

The initial phase of the project focused on engaging the community and potential partners in developing the project concept and identifying local, regional, and statewide benefits and potential environmental and economic impacts through a citizens advisory committee and stakeholder meetings with statewide water and environmental interests and agencies. This phase led to the subsequent public approval of the project by 62% of the voters. 

Following voter approval, Charles facilitated the public review process and inter-agency development of the impact analysis and resulting mitigation measures. 

The project went from concept to completion in just 11 years, the fastest development of a reservoir in California in the past three decades.

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