Dam lies

If Stocktonians circa 1941 knew the ghastly impacts Friant Dam would have on the San Joaquin River, on the Delta and on Stockton, they probably would have fought it vigorously.

Maybe they did. I don’t know that history. What I do know is — with the benefit of hindsight — we cannot remain disengaged while powerful water users twist the state water system to our region’s enduring disadvantage.

Here’s the press release from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation about the feasibility report on Temperance Flat Dam.

Here’s the full feasibility report.

The Executive Summary – Cliff Notes for journalists — is only about 38 pages long.

Here is Friends of the River’s counter-attack: Jeffrey Michael’s analysis of the Bureau’s economic claims for the dam.

And here is Friends of the River’s press release summarizing its position.

I predict that most water exporters will withdraw their support for Temperance Flat Dam when it becomes clear that the public will not be gulled into paying for it. When the hogs are on the hook for the cost, the dam will go away.

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