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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/21/2020 11:55 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/21/2020 11:55 AM
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Trump Administration Finalizes Shasta Dam Plan to Increase Water for Californians and Environment

Redding, CA...The Trump Administration today released the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to increase water storage capacity in the Shasta Lake reservoir by 634,000 acre-feet, or more than 200 billion gallons. This is enough water to support more than 6 million Californians annually. “President Trump has made investing in our existing infrastructure a top priority. Raising Shasta Dam is one of the smartest and most cost-effective opportunities we have before us,” said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “Shasta Dam sits at the head of California’s largest water system—the Central Valley Project. Not only will the project benefit farms, communities and the environment, it will provide ample opportunities for smarter water management.”

For decades, many federal western water infrastructure investments have been undermined by federal inaction and the State of California. In fact, there has not been any major federal water storage infrastructure built since 1979 even as the state’s population has nearly doubled. Today’s actions are yet another example of how the Trump Administration is working to enhance water storage capacity and appropriately protecting species and habitats. This comes after an already long list of water actions from the Trump Administration benefiting Californians, namely including:
“Raising Shasta Dam is critical to helping improve drought resiliency in the State of California, as it will provide more water for people, fish, and the environment,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23). “This project is a win all around. I want to commend Secretary Bernhardt and Commissioner Burman for continuing to prioritize this project, despite ongoing and misguided opposition from Sacramento bureaucrats and some elected officials from California. The Trump Administration has taken many actions to improve the lives of Californians by pursuing policies to help our communities get the water that we contract and pay for, and we are grateful.”

“President Trump has again delivered on his promise to secure more water for Central Valley families and farmers,” said Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). “Increasing water storage is vital to making our communities drought resistant. By cutting red tape and raising the Shasta Dam, the Trump administration has taken crucial steps toward undoing the government-made drought conditions plaguing Valley communities. I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt for their unwavering commitment to solving the California water crisis.”

“Northern California is one of the most water-rich regions of the country, and yet is plagued by water shortages because of a chronic lack of water storage,” said Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04). “After decades of bureaucratic dithering and obstruction, the Shasta Dam raise is finally within sight of actual construction—an important step toward restoring water abundance to our communities.”

“Additional water storage is critical for people, the environment, and agriculture. Raising Shasta Dam provides 634,000 acre-feet of new water,” said Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). “This project is a cost-effective solution to a long-term problem plaguing California, and will also create new good paying jobs in Shasta County. I thank the Trump Administration for bringing this long-sought project closer to fruition.”

Shasta Dam is a keystone of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, which extends over 400 miles through California’s Central Valley providing water for more than three million acres of farmland, nearly six million people, and critical fish and wildlife species. Reliable water is critical to the economic progress of the region – and our nation – as more than 40 % of the country’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown in the Central Valley, largely using water from the CVP and its largest reservoir—Shasta Lake.

“We are pleased to achieve this significant milestone for such an important project for the state, said Regional Director Ernest Conant. “California needs a more reliable water supply for agriculture and communities, and modernizing our existing infrastructure is one of the most efficient means to make that happen.”

Congress first directed Reclamation to look at the feasibility of raising Shasta Dam in the 1980s, and then again in 2004. More recently, recognizing the need for increased surface water storage and the need to find funding mechanisms that work in today’s vastly over-stretched federal budget, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in 2016 with broad bipartisan support.

Reclamation and other federal agencies have spent decades carefully evaluating data to ensure an environmentally sound approach to raising Shasta Dam. The dedicated environmental storage from the dam raise would improve water quality in the Sacramento River below the dam by lowering water temperatures for anadromous fish survival, such as Chinook salmon and other fish that migrate from the ocean to rivers to spawn. This includes ensuring that the McCloud River and the important wild trout fishery it supports are protected.

The finalized SEIS comes after considering more than 6,500 public comments on a proposal to raise the 600-foot-tall Shasta Dam by 3%, or an additional 18.5 feet.

A Supplemental EIS is used when new or updated information becomes available after the publication of the Final EIS. Since 2015, Reclamation identified several key areas that required updating and initiated a Draft Supplemental EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The original 45-day comment period for the DSEIS was extended by two weeks and closed October 5. The Final SEIS is available for review at:

The supplemental document provides information relevant to Reclamation’s application of Clean Water Act Section 404(r), updates modeling to be reflective of the 2019 Biological Opinions and provides an updated analysis on effects to the McCloud River, and considers public input.

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Posted on: 2020-11-21 12:16:06   By: Anonymous
Took a Republican to do it, finally.
Democrats are spending too much time coddling illegal immigrants like in Calif where my tax dollars goes into the pot worth 100's of millions of dollars YEARLY.
Ca population almost doubles and the politician's don't seem to understand that water is the most important thing to all life, without it, were dust.
See, the guy you hate so much does some good things, it's just not acknowledged.

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    Posted on: 2020-11-21 12:57:42   By: Anonymous
    This president has a heart of gold. Only wish him well (if he runs) in 2024. Once big company’s move overseas perhaps he can bring them home with perks. Biden can’t overturn all the good he has done in four years. Americans are in for the real wake up call! Democrats picked their poison so, now digest it. It’ll do you some good.

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      Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:11:49   By: Anonymous
      Biden doesn't have to overturn all the good Trump has done. All Biden has to do is overturn about a dozen things or so, and the stock market will start falling, the economy will start to fail, they'll raise our taxes, taxing businesses will make the little guy pay more for all the products that the businesses made. People will start buying more made in china products, america manufacturing (up at least 28% under Trump) will fall like a lead balloon.
      Time will tell, we all know Trump lost.

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      Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:24:53   By: Anonymous
      Donald Trump is criminally insane.

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        Posted on: 2020-11-22 08:09:37   By: Anonymous
        And his backers are insane, not criminal, but insane. They have to be to back this wannabe Hitler.

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    Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:07:39   By: Anonymous
    Good job Trump.

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      Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:44:06   By: Anonymous
      I just... I dunno. Do we really this Trump was even remotely involved in this? All he does is piss and moan about us Californians. I think credit for this probably belongs with some technocrat in the BLM or Corps of Engineers. This isn't peace in the middle east...

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        Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:51:42   By: Anonymous
        If a technocrat did this they had to be forced. They can study even a good idea for several lifetimes

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Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:50:56   By: Anonymous
More proof that Democrats are using covid politically. videos of Bidens big Birthday party with all the dirty dems. no masks, no social distancing, hugging each other. Wake up people. you're being lied to about everything. Now they see how easy you libs are to control. This video was from last night

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    Re: Biden
    Posted on: 2020-11-21 13:57:30   By: Anonymous
    First Pigloso getting her hair done, than Feinstein walking around a airport and the halls a of Congress, than Newsom gruesome at his party and now Biden. how long do you obey? These progressives cant wait for power and control. The voter fraud is real. They will be exposed

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      Re: Biden
      Posted on: 2020-11-21 18:52:08   By: Anonymous
      You mean SLEEPY Joe?

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        Re: Biden
        Posted on: 2020-11-21 18:53:16   By: Anonymous
        Lot’s of water coming, so I’ll have to flush the next version of the low water toilet three times instead of two and we’ll be ok

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      Re: Biden
      Posted on: 2020-11-21 19:58:57   By: Anonymous
      You forgot the video shown all over the state. Dr. Pelosi telling everyone to go to San Francisco China Town to shop and eat during high pandemic spread.

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        Re: Biden
        Posted on: 2020-11-22 08:12:08   By: Anonymous
        And where was your leader yesterday when leaders of the world were meeting online to discuss the horrible effects of the pandemic on the world? He skipped the meeting so he could play golf. That is an absolute fact. Undeniable. Fuk him, and Fuk you.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-11-22 09:03:14   By: Anonymous
Trump is simply pushing some positives that have been in the works for some time to leave some positives in his legacy. Meanwhile, he's selling arctic drilling rights when there's an oil glut. And to not even participate in yesterday's G20 virtual meeting on the pandemic and instead golf was just plain disgraceful. How so many of you criticized President Obama for the occasional vacation when Trump has golfed and/or flown across the country to his resort over 300 times in the past year.

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