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December 30, 2009 > Feds consider plan to raise Sierra Nevada dam

Feds consider plan to raise Sierra Nevada dam

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP), Dec 24 _ The government is considering a plan to raise the dam at Stampede Reservoir north of Truckee to give it more capacity during extreme floods.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to complete a draft environmental assessment of the project by early 2010.

Bureau spokesman Pete Lucero says the agency is considering two alternatives: raising the dam by 11 feet or doing nothing at all.

The 239-foot dam was erected in 1970 and is used to regulate water flow for fisheries along the Truckee River and in Nevada's Pyramid Lake.

The Truckee flows more than 100 miles east from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid.

Lucero says raising the dam also would provide more control over water releases following floods.

Public comments on the issue will be accepted until Jan. 13.

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