"The New Melones Dam stands as a reminder of the conflicts surrounding growth, the environment, and water in the West. The Corps built it at the end of the era of large dam construction. Even without the environmental controversy that surrounds the project, the operational and water yield problems will certainly cause continued difficulties well into the future. With the enormity of the problems facing New Melones, it seems unlikely that the project will ever realize its full potential as a multi use unit. Indeed, New Melones may become a case study of all that can go wrong with a project." [emphasis added] -- New Melones Unit Project, a Bureau of Reclamation report, 1994
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An assessment of the difficulties of this project from the perspective of 1994 by the Bureau of Reclamation which manages it.