Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Dry solution?

To build or not to build them — that's the dam question

Reservoir banks that used to be underwater are seen at Millerton Lake, on the top of the Friant Dam. LUCY NICHOLSON / Reuters

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

After four years of punishing drought, California reservoirs that typically fill canals and make crops bloom are greatly depleted or even empty. Should the state build more dams? Or are there already enough — more than 1,400 — and not enough water to fill them? Some say that getting more water into storage by building more dams is key. But some see them as a waste of money that may not provide sufficient supply.

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Purification plant could eliminate imported water

Los Angeles Times

Officials are advocating a variety of water reuse projects to reduce Southern California's unquenchable thirst for imported water. Tuesday, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California unveiled drawings for a $95 million water purification plant they said would make the district entirely self-reliant on local water.

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Foothills dam in danger of collapsing this winter

KCRA Sacramento

A 99-year-old dam could collapse this winter and cause catastrophic flooding in the city of Jackson, state officials warned Tuesday. The concrete dam was built in 1916 as part of the now-abandoned Argonaut mine. The dam does not hold back water, but rather 169,000 cubic yards of arsenic-contaminated tailings left over from decades of gold mining.

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