Auburn Dam Council Water Forum

An article about the event held last Friday is in the Auburn Journal.

An excerpt.

SACRAMENTO – Engineer Mike Preszler told an Auburn Dam Council forum that the long-debated multipurpose dam project near Auburn needs updated answers for a new world that factors in climate change and drought concerns.

And while the speakers at Friday’s Sacramento Regional Water Storage Forum put up a brave front in favor of a project that was authorized by Congress nearly 50 years ago and hasn’t seen construction in more than 30, questions remained about the political climate to fund a revived dam.

Preszler said a new study is needed to determine actual costs and benefits. The last one was in 2006 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It pegged Auburn dam costs at between $6 billion and $10 billion.

“We need storage in the state,” Preszler said. “It has to be done.”

Preszler, engineer with ECORP Consulting, said a dam would provide an opportunity to mitigate the impacts of global warming through increased storage capacity, as well as a clean, hydroelectric power source.

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, re-iterated his support for an Auburn dam and reinforced his stance on natural resources like water. He described California “at a crossroads.”

“And it is time to choose between two very different visions of water policy,” McClintock said

One is a “nihilistic vision of the environmental left, increasingly severe government-induced shortages, higher and higher electricity prices … and a declining quality of life for our children, who will be required to stretch and ration every drop of water and every watt of electricity in their bleak and dimly lit homes,” he said.

The other, McClintock said, is “a vision of abundance, a new era of clean, cheap and plentiful hydro-electricity (and) great new reservoirs to store water in wet years to assure abundance in dry ones.”

Retrieved June 18, 2014 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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