Archive for the 'Auburn Dam' Category


Auburn Dam Water Rights Revoked

December 5th, 2008 Malina

Auburn Dam–the project with more lives than an alley cat–has been dealt a mighty blow: on December 2, the California Water board voted unanimounsly to revoke the water rights it granted over 30 years ago to the US Bureau of Reclamation.  This means that the federal governement would have a seriously uphill battle to sucessfully […]

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California’s Auburn Dam: The Saga Continues . . .

November 19th, 2008 Malina

This is one controversy that takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin, I’ll tell you what.  After more than thirty years (!) the proposed Auburn Dam saga just got a whopping new chapter: the possibility that the State of California Water Board will revoke the water rights it granted to the Federal government back when Led […]

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Long-Awaited Auburn Dam Study Predicts Costs in Excedence of 6 Billion Dollars

January 31st, 2007 aorafting

Last year, Doolittle decided to use (ahem…waste..ahem) 1 billion taxpayer dollars for yet another study on the proposed Auburn Dam. A dam which, if built, would drown miles of the Middle and North Forks of the American River. And for the purpose of what? Water rights that don’t exist? Power that can be achieved at […]

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Auburn Dam the Focus of Recent Congressional Panel

April 9th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

The Auburn Dam has officially been resurrected from the dead. The last post I wrote warned that proponents of the dam were gaining momentum in D.C…well now they’re off and running. [For some background information, read some of these recent blogs about the Auburn Dam.] David Whitney, of the Sacramento Bee, reported on Friday that […]

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Auburn Dam Proponents Gaining Momentum in DC

March 17th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

As a result of increased Folsom Dam costs and recent flood fears ignited by Hurricane Katrina, congressional supporters of an Auburn Dam have recently been successful in obtaining funding and powerful allies on Capitol Hill that lend momentum to a renewed fight for Auburn Dam’s construction. As a result, the dam has once again become […]

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Sacramento Newspaper Finds That Auburn Dam Would Be an “Expensive Mistake”

February 27th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

An article in the Sacramento Bee last Sunday reported that a proposed Auburn Dam on the American River “could be an expensive mistake.” This article couldn’t have come at a better time, considering all the renewed momentum that dam proponents gained from fears sparked by New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, and Rep. John Doolittle’s recent […]

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Hurricanes in California?- Katrina Disaster Unfortunately Drawing Ill-Founded Support for the Auburn Dam

February 2nd, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

Senator Doolittle has lately been making attempts to put the Auburn Dam back on the table in national legislation. (The Auburn Dam would drown most of the Middle Fork American River canyon and half of the North Fork American.) Lending impetus to this idea is recent “That Could Happen To Us!” speculation that has followed […]

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