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Temperance Flat Dam: April 27, 2018

To Dam Or Not To Dam?

Friends of the Madden Library present “To Dam Or Not To Dam?” where the question to be discussed is whether increased water storage is worth the costs.

The Madden Library brings together two experts with opposing views: In favor is Mario Santoyo, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority; and opposed is Chris Acree, executive director of Revive the San Joaquin.

The proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River would be the first major dam built in our region in half a century. Thanks to California voters, money is there to help build it. But would it be a good idea? Proponents of the dam’s water-storage capabilities say it would become an important way to survive future drought and protect the groundwater supply. Opponents say the $3 billion project isn’t worth it and would destroy existing hydroelectric power generating facilities and Native American archeological sites.

To Dam Or Not To Dam?

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 in Henry Madden Library
    • 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception, with hors d’oeuvres and no-host beer and wine bar
    • 6:30 p.m. Program
  • The event is free, open to the public and parking is unrestricted.
  • RSVP on our eRsvp form using “LIBWATER5”
  • Co-sponsored by the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee

For more information or physical accommodations, call Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or email

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