California to Commission New Delta Research Vessel

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Water Resources will commission a new research vessel next week.

The department will hold a ceremony and display the vessel Sentinel to news media on Monday in Sacramento.

The department says the floating laboratory is critical to maintaining water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

The Sentinel is a 60-foot aluminum catamaran. Its predecessor, the San Carlos, dates to 1976.