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California To Commission New Delta Research Vessel

Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy

California Department of Water Resources' new research vessel, Sentinel, sails along the Sacramento River, toward the Tower bridge in Sacramento, Calif. on December 16, 2016.

Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy

(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.

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