The PPA has written the following letter that will be sent to all local leaders (City, County, etc.) with our response on the proposed Del Puerto Dam Project. You can download the PDF or read the test below:
To: Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, Del Puerto Water District
Re: Proposed dam in Del Puerto Canyon
The Del Puerto Water District and the Water Exchange are planning a massive reservoir in the hills just above the city of Patterson, home to nearly 25,000 residents. This project could have potentially grave consequences for our town, our economy and our environment, and we are united in our opposition to the proposed dam.
The reservoir created by this new dam would be less than five miles from a fault, and within landslide soil. If the dam were to fail, Patterson would be flooded up to 10 feet all the way to the San Joaquin River. This would be nothing less than catastrophic for our town and our citizens.
If this dam moves forward, many of Patterson’s homes will now fall under hazardous inundation zones. For homeowners to protect their property in case of a dam failure could cost up to $1,000 annually.
The West Side is also located in a region with the worst air quality in the nation. This project will add tons of debris, and our disadvantaged community will be put at even greater risk. This area is known for the endangered kit fox, is home to Yokut Indian artifacts, and is the location where California’s first paleontological finds were discovered. Del Puerto Canyon is a cherished respite for those in our community and throughout the state.
We urge developers, planners and policymakers to consider the numerous concerns shared by our community and our partners in the region, and to consider an alternate location to the north that would not negatively impact any communities. This private reservoir is simply not worth the risk it poses to our community.
Patterson Progressive Alliance