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By KC Mehaffey
Wenatchee World

The Okanogan County PUD will review a study on three options to build a dam at Shankers Bend on the Similkameen River for water storage and electric generation, on Monday at 7 pm at Oroville Depot in Oroville.
PUD Commissioners haven’t yet decided how to proceed now that the state-funded study is complete, but may opt to continue with a more detailed feasibility study on one or more of the options, according to a news release.

The options include: 1) a high dam, which would store about 1.3 million acre feet of water and generate 232,000 megawatt hours annually. The high dam would also flood land in British Columbia. 2) A medium dam, which would store about 138,000 acre feet of water and generate about 84,000 megawatt hours annually. Flooded lands would be entirely within the United States. 3) A low dam, which would store about 20,000 acre feet of water and generate 70,000 megawatt hours annually.

Wenatchee World
Wenatchee, WA
August 21, 2009

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