Salamanders Could Threaten Project to Raise Shasta Dam

Salamanders Could Threaten Project to Raise Shasta Dam

Posted: Dec 5, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2018 6:27 PM

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fire" earlier this year. ### a new lawsuit could threaten the future of the billion- dollar proect to raise shasta dam. action news now reporter mario montalvo joins us from redding with details. reporter live it's all because of this guy the shasta salamander which is only found in the shasta lake region. and environmentalis t are pushing to protect it. vo the center for biological diversity says u-s fish and wildlife failed to act on a 2012 petition to put the shasta salamander on the endangered species list. and that classification could have a big impact on the future of the dam. sot full they would have to work with the fish and wildlife service to determine what are the impacts to the shasta salamanders from their proposed project. and then depending on the level of impacts, they would likely need to make some adjustments to the project or potentially they wouldn't even be able to do the project at all. 20 secs vo loda says higher water levels could potentially destroy the salamander's habitat possibly driving it to extinction. but proponents say raising the dam would provide and additional half a million acre- feet of stored water for the agricultural, environmental, industrial, and municipal uses which would come in handy during drought. reporter live congress has already allocated 20-million dollars to help build the dam and contracts are expected to be awarded about a year from now. construction to raise the dam is expected to begin around summertime of 2020. in redding, mario montalvo, action news now.
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