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Federal, state lawmakers make case for more dams at water symposium

Federal and state lawmakers on Friday urged the need for infrastructure improvements, citing the Oroville Dam spillway and calling for increased water storage in California.

Speaking at an Auburn symposium hosted by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, Republican legislators alternatively called for the construction of more dams and slammed environmental regulations they say stymie necessary projects.

U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, whose district includes most of Nevada County, said the Centennial Dam is an opportunity for the area. If approved, the project would create a new reservoir on the Bear River between the Combie and Rollins reservoirs.

"It's a local decision and we support that," LaMalfa said.

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