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Coalition response…Governments, including schools, have benefited from Shasta Dam in the form of taxes it has generated to the local economy. Jobs have been created and even the environment has benefited not only at the local level but throughout the State. The study to raise the dam points out that these benefits will continue and even be enhanced.
Rejecting these future benefits is to reject the years of science and research that has gone into developing the proposal. More water in storage means improved conditions for Chinook salmon in dry or critical years as the cold water supply increases. More gravel augmentation for salmon in the upper Sacramento River is also included in the proposal. The survival rate for fish will be increased as a result of water management flexibility.