Growth and rising populations have many Western states reconsidering dams.
"A booming population and growing fears about climate change have governments once again studying dams, this time to create huge reservoirs to capture more winter rain and spring snowmelt for use in dry summer months."
"New dams are being studied in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and other states, even as dams are being torn down across the country over environmental concerns - worries that will likely pose big obstacles to new dams."
"'The West and the Northwest are increasing in population growth like never before,' said John Redding, regional spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Boise. 'How do you quench the thirst of the hungry masses?'"