Study: Shasta Dam expansion feasible, but financing unclear

Jul 31, 2015 5:23 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON - A long-awaited feasibility study requested by Congress concludes that enlarging California's Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet is technically and economically feasible.

Still, the Bureau of Reclamation declined to make a formal recommendation to go ahead with the project in its report released this week. It estimates a $1.4 billion price tag.

The study looked at an array of options and found the most viable one would provide an economic benefit of $30 million annually from increased salmon populations, water supply, flood control and recreational opportunities.

But it's unclear who would be willing to take on the cost of construction.

The report says alternative financing, primarily from sources outside the federal government, would have to be secured before the secretary of Interior could recommend the project.

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