Studies must move forward to
provide an increase in the available supply of water from the federal Central Valley Project. 
Current studies feature an increase in water storage from 290,000 acre-feet
to 636,000 acre-feet from Shasta Reservoir by raising Shasta Dam 6.5 feet or
18.5 feet, respectively.



Studies are underway by the U.S. Department of Interior to
determine the feasibility of raising the height of Shasta Dam.  Shasta Reservoir currently features a
capacity of 4.5 million acre-feet of water and that water is delivered to
nearly one-third of all irrigated acres in California, or 3 million acres.  The CVP also provides 600,000 acre-feet of
water to homes and businesses, including 1 million households.

Construction of the CVP water storage facilities stretched
across 42 years, from 1937 to 1979.  The
CVP annually generates enough electrical power to supply the needs of 2 million
people.  CVP facilities also host more
than 3.5 million visitors each year for boating, fishing, camping and
swimming.  Educational tours are
conducted each year at CVP facilities for 50,000 school children.


Source:  Mid-Pacific Region/Bureau of Reclamation; U.S.
Department of Interior



Learn more about the Central Valley Project:

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