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New Melones Lake provides irrigation water, hydroelectric power, flood control, and wildlife habitat. When full, the shoreline is more than miles km long. The reservoir and dam are located west of Jamestown and Sonoraand south of Angels Camp. The Stanislaus River and environs experienced dramatic changes beginning with the Gold Rush.
The site of the reservoir is at the very heart of Gold Countryand development began there with the arrival of the miners in the s. Water was immediately diverted, the riverbeds scoured for gold, and the banks colonized by miners and the businesses that served them. By the flowing water was used to create electricity. Some of it was diverted into canals for use in San Joaquin Valley agriculture. The New Melones Project was authorized in to create a much larger reservoir and to establish a new hydroelectric plant.
It would also be specifically deed to prevent floods. It was a controversial project. The dam's opponents argued that its presence would inundate the river valley, eliminate the natural whitewater rapids, flood many of the massive unique limestone cave formations characteristic of the area, and destroy archaeological resources found along the river.
The environmental organization Friends of the River was formed to fight the dam. Further surveys were Glory hole center by regional universities. The consensus after the surveys was that the dam would be built. Upon the dam's completion, the valley filled with water, covering the old mining town of Melones and the Glory hole center Melones Dam.
The lake was constructed by the U. Army Corps of Engineers and transferred to the U. Bureau of Reclamation shortly after its completion in Cultural resources affected by the project were transferred to the Department of the Interior with the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Services HCRS, a short-lived organization that was established during the Carter Glory hole center responsible for the archaeological mitigation program.
New Melones is a unit of the Central Valley Project. The reservoir was used to conceal five murder Glory hole center by Jurijus Kadamovas and Iouri Mikhel in late and early The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum contains information about local history, cultural and natural history. Exhibits focus on the use of the Stanislaus River by prehistoric and historic peoples, including Miwok Indians, the California Gold Rushranchers, and the now defunct community of Robinson Ferry, renamed Melones in Other exhibits highlight the area's geologic past, natural history and the New Melones project.
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