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Pardee Reservoir Expansion Dropped

Jackson, CA — The East Bay Municipal Utility District is dropping plans to expand the Pardee Reservoir from its 30 year plan.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the expansion would have flooded an estimated two miles of the Mokelumne River in the Sierra foothills, and has been the target of lawsuits filed by environmental groups.

The Utility District supplies water to 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. East Bay MUD says it will investigate additional conservation measures and supplemental water supply to meet the water needs of customers over the next 30 years.

The Pardee Dam is located along the border of Calaveras and Amador Counties.