Have you heard about the controversial plan to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River?
If built, this 275-foot dam would flood the last six miles of publicly-accessible, free-flowing river on the Bear.
It would destroy fish and wildlife habitat, beloved swimming holes, and Native American sites.
Centennial’s construction would decimate 2,200 acres of forested river canyon – including riparian and wetland areas.
Did you know that more than half of the water in the upper Middle and South Yuba River watersheds is diverted to the Bear River? Will they take more in the future when Centennial doesn’t fill?
In the 21st century, dams are a last resort because they harm the environment and have skyrocketing costs.
Today, smart water managers are using sustainable and innovative solutions to meet future water needs.
We don’t need a new dam generating more polluting sprawl and traffic. Let’s work together to increase our water supply by restoring our forests and meadows, and use the water we do have more wisely.