Anyone who has ever visited Del Puerto Canyon just outside Patterson has seen its wonders. There are geological formations, rare flora and fauna, Native American heritage sites, and just a beautiful and quiet place to visit all year around.
The Del Puerto Water District and developers are aiming to put a dam at the entrance to the canyon and bury many miles of this wonderful place underwater.
Members of the PPA have been working for months with local leaders to attempt to find out who this water storage is for, who is benefiting from this proposal, and what we as a community are being asked to give us. After a lot of leg work and questions we, along with many others in our town, agree that this is not the right location for this dam.
Not only will this dam destroy the fist 5 miles or so of this canyon, the section that community members most frequent, but it will also require the complete redesign and removal of the public road that passes through there. Not to mention the flood risk and possible flood insurance liabilities that we may have to take on with no gain for the residents of Patterson.
With that we say NO! to this dam and suggest that the water district use a proposed second location 7 miles north that is an unused area in the hills. If you would like to help please reach out to us and follow on this Facebook group for the Del Puerto Canyon. You can sign the petition here to say NO to this project!
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