“In California, it’s as dependable as the rainy season. Okay, more so. Whenever there’s too much water or not enough, people start talking about Auburn Dam. It’s California’s biggest dam that has never been built — and probably never will be.”
From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:
“At today’s [April 3] State of Our Rivers Symposium in Stockton, fish biologist Stacy Sherman brought up the long-delayed habitat conservation plan that is supposed to improve conditions for fish migrating up the Calaveras River.”
“For the first time in six decades, the High Sierra Regatta sailing competition held each summer at Huntington Lake is being canceled — another casualty of the drought that is gripping Central California.”
“Despite recent rains, the great parching of California continues, with much of Folsom Lake still resembling Burning Man’s craggy Black Rock Desert and Central Valley farmers preparing for a dust-bowl spring and summer.
“But Mark McKenna of Amador County’s Andis Wines isn’t sweating the drought. In fact, he’s welcoming the lack of wet weather.”
“Environmental groups suing the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency over its proposals for future development presented their arguments in a federal court Wednesday. The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore want the court to stop the plan.”
“Low water levels have led to a mini gold rush in the same Sierra Nevada foothills that drew legions of fortune seekers from around the world in the mid-1800s, as amateur prospectors dig for riverbed riches in spots that have been out of reach for decades.”
From the Lake Tahoe News, in a commentary by Joanne Marchetta:
“When the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and partner agencies started inspecting Lake Tahoe watercraft in 2008, all we knew was that we needed to protect our waters from the growing threats of aquatic invasive species. We took the necessary steps, but did not know then that the watercraft inspection program would one day help protect other water bodies as well.
“These are just a few of the questions we’ve received recently about Auburn dam, probably the most well-known unbuilt water project in California history. The project is laden with complexities and controversy, and these are just two reasons it has not been built.”