Bringing California’s Dams Up To Date

There are more than 1,400 dams in California. When the earliest of them was built, the goals were clear: store water, control floods and generate electricity. Since then, new priorities have been added, such as protecting endangered species, which makes relicensing the dams a very pricey and lengthy process.

Powerlines crisscross the Yuba River, just below the New Colgate Powerhouse.



This story aired on The California Report on June 19, 2012, the last of a four-part series about the connection between water and energy in California. I also co-wrote two graphic illustrations explaining how they’re connected, and oversaw the production of the multimedia and interactive features for the series.

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