April 16, 2013

Conservation group puts Merced River on its endangered list over dam plan

American Rivers, a national river conservation group, called attention to the Merced River on Tuesday by naming it on the “most endangered rivers” list for 2013. Steve Rothert, California regional director with American Rivers, said the Merced River was mentioned because of a proposed reservoir expansion project. The $40 million venture would expand reservoir capacity by up to 70,000 acre-feet by raising the spillway as much as 10 feet at its main storage reservoir, Lake McClure.

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