Dam Projects Historically Controversial in California

CALIFORNIA – On the West Coast of the United States, convincing people to support dam construction remains a historically laborious feat. As California endures drought conditions and struggles to find ways to stay hydrated, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator Dianne Feinstein are proposing a $9.3 million bond for water that includes the construction of new dams. But the plan has provoked criticism from those concerned about the development’s damage to the state budget as well as the environment.

It turns out that dams represent an old controversy for the state. University of California’s Water Resources Center Archives and the Center for Water Resources present a brief chronology of proposals for dam developments, focusing specifically on the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

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Source: On Water

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