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The purpose of this site is to gather materials related to the Stanislaus River and the failed fight to save it from New Melones Dam.

"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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Post-Audit of New Melones Dam, Central Valley Project, Stanislaus River, California


A thesis submitted to the faculty of San Francisco State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in…

A Game-changer for River Protection: The Loss of the Stanislaus

A Game-changer for River Protection- The Loss of the Stanislaus.pdf

In June 2016, shortly before his passing, I got the chance to sit down with O.A.R.S. Founder George Wendt to pry about the early days of running…