REDDING, Calif. — After a year of being down, the flashboards are going back up on the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District (A.C.I.D.) diversion dam at Lake Redding Park.
On Wednesday, KRCR spoke with Scott Passmore, the A.C.I.D. maintenance supervisor. He says the flashboards are put in place to help divert water to farmers in Shasta and Tehama counties.
Last year, residents of Anderson and Cottonwood voiced their frustration to the water district board on water restrictions by A.C.I.D. leaving them with no irrigation water for their farms.
Now, this diversion dam project will help farmers in Shasta and Tehama counties with the water they need this year.
“The ultimate goal is to get the water backed up so we can deliver it to our customers in Shasta and Tehama counties and that way it keeps their pasture green and their cows happy and all the other things that it does for the area,” Passmore said.
Passmore also mentioned that it will help with the fish diversion and it incidentally helps to increase the water tables and reduces fire hazards as well.
It also will help the salmon be diverted into the Sacramento River so they don’t go through the A.C.I.D. canal like they have in the past.
Finally, they say they look forward to a full season and getting the farmers the water that they have been anticipating for quite some time.
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