Drought: Build Auburn Dam

02/01/2014 10:02 AM

02/02/2014 10:04 AM

Re Drought: We moved to Auburn in 1977 when the state was working on the Auburn Dam, slated to be the world's tallest double curvature thin arch dam. It was going to create a beautiful lake with many new areas for camping and fishing and outdoor activities. It was going to vastly increase flood protection and possibly create hydroelectricity.

Suddenly, all work stopped due to possible earthquake faults near the construction site. I totally understand what damage to a concrete dam could result from a major quake. But why not construct a dam the same way it's been done for hundreds of years? Use dirt and rock and make the dam one or two blocks long. We could put people back to work, create increased water supply, provide flood protection, all for pennies on the dollar compared to the original cost projections.

-- Rich Mussetter, Auburn

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