Dam the Merced River

02/12/2014 7:02 AM

02/12/2014 1:30 PM

Re "Senate weighs in with water bill" (Capitol & California, Feb. 12): A completely overlooked source of water storage in California is the Merced River. The entrance to Yosemite would be an ideal place for a dam.

It wouldn't have to be large, 400 or 500 feet should work. It would be directly adjacent to the Central Valley, a perfect place to provide water to farmers.

The major tourist attractions would still be accessible by boat. There already are roads in place that lead from the rim down to where new marinas would be built. Some attractions might need renaming. Half Dome would become Quarter Dome as water would cover its bottom half.

The fauna in the valley could easily be relocated to another canyon assuming one could be found. This environmental detriment would be offset by a new lake teeming with fish. Why someone hasn't thought of this before is beyond me.

-- Michael McMurry, Suisun City

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