The district began to fill the reservoir in February of 1998. Because of
the very wet water year and the availability of high quality water, it
was filled by January 1999, a year ahead of schedule.
ceremony was held in May 1998 and the project was was honored as the
"Outstanding Civil Engineering Accomplishment" in the nation by the
American Society of Civil Engineers. Los Vaqueros is the first major dam
built in California in more than 15 years.
As part of its
ongoing environment protection program in the watershed, the district
planted more than 9,000 valley and blue oak seedlings.