I have seen many articles pertaining to why we need Temperance Flat dam. I don’t understand why people are interested in building a dam that will provide the Valley with little water.
The Bureau of Reclamation estimates that the dam would yield between 19,000 and 87,000 acre-feet of of additional water depending on the year. This amounts to just 1 percent of the Central Valley Project supply. This is because the San Joaquin River already has eight dams capturing and diverting most of the river’s flow.
Instead of spending $2.8 billion to create this dam, we can produce more water for less money by increasing groundwater storage, recycling water and capturing flood flows.
Not only is this a bad idea economically, it’s a terrible idea for the environment. My husband and I have hiked and biked this area for many years and I can tell you the loss of plants and animals specific to this area would be a huge mistake, including the loss of a unique granite cave system.
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In fact, the section of the gorge that is threatened was recommended for National Wild and Scenic River protection by the BLM due to its incredible scenery.
Brenda Markham, Fresno