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Does anyone want to take a wild guess as to when the next dam will be built in California?

Aug 05, 2015

Does anyone want to take a wild guess as to when the next dam will be built in California?  Here are some recent statements from various officials and publications:

Oct. 22, 2014 - 
"Prop 1 is not earmarked for new dams. Critics cite concerns about funding for surface and groundwater storage, but this simply isn’t the case (as my colleague has written before). Even the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and other newspapers have noted as much in their editorials endorsing Prop 1. Funds are not earmarked for Temperance Flat dam or other environmentally harmful and economically infeasible new dams." - NRDC

Jan 26, 2015 - "After the State Water Commission met Wednesday, its chairman, Joe Byrne, issued a statement that said basically, we don’t have to allocate the money for storage until the end of 2016, and we’re going to spend the next two years developing a whole new set of guidelines and regulations on how to allocate the bucks." - Chico Enterprise-Record

Jan 28, 2015 - 
"Biologists at the main federal agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, because of its impact on endangered salmon." - Mercury News

July 31, 2015 - "Nancy Vogel, deputy secretary for communications at the California Natural Resources Agency, said the project is not eligible for funding from Proposition 1, as funding cannot go to any project that would negatively affect a river protected under the state's Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Raising the dam would inundate portions of the protected McCloud River." - California Dept. of Natural Resources

Aug 5, 2015 - At a workshop in Davis last week, commission officials indicated it will be several years before regulations and programs are finalized, and storage project proposals can be submitted.  A questioner who attended the Davis workshop asked: "Does that mean five or more years from now to get a project approved, and many years beyond that to complete it?" The answer: "Yes." - Ag Alert

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