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April 19, 2011 > Judge rejects water district dam project analysis

Judge rejects water district dam project analysis

Submitted By AP Wire Service

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP), Apr 15 - A judge has rejected a San Francisco Bay area water district's analysis of a project to raise a dam in the Sierra.

The judge said the analysis by the Oakland-based East Bay Municipal Utility District failed to identify the project's potential environmental dangers. The ruling was made public on Thursday.

The district approved the $6 million study of a project to raise the dam at Pardee Reservoir in 2009.

The analysis concluded that the district would have to build a major desalination plant or raise the dam to meet its drought protection goals.

Officials with the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, one of the plaintiffs, told the Contra Costa Times the district should have considered a less costly alternative.

The district said because it had not actually proposed to build the dam, it did not have to fully identify environmental damage.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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