Talk:Auburn Dam

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September 17, 2010 Good article nominee Listed

One Small Change Required - Year of John Doolittle's Comparison to Hurricane Katrina[edit]

In the third sentence of the second paragraph under section "Proposals for resurrecting the Auburn Dam", the article states, "In 2004, he ... (i.e. - John Doolittle) ... used the Hurricane Katrina disaster to spark public attention to the flood vulnerability of the Sacramento region." According to the Wikipedia article on Hurricane Katrina, that hurricane formed on August 23, 2005 and dissipated on August 30, 2005. Therefore, John Doolittle would not have made a comparison in 2004 to a disastrous event that had not happened yet. However, discussions of the possible resurrection of the Auburn Dam project were heating up in 2005. It is more likely that Doolittle made these comments in late 2005.

A rebuttal to Doolttle's comments by Tony Finnerty, Ph.D and Jimmy L. Spearow, Ph.D was published in the Sacramento News & Review (SNR) on November 3, 2005. That article can be found here: even though the SNR is clearly and very strongly opinionated.

Overall and otherwise, this article is very well written, and a huge step up from the Auburn Dam stub that was here just three years ago. Kudos to all involved for such an excellent job of writing so objectively about such a controversial subject, and for presenting facts rather than fictional opinions.

And I apologize for not having more information, but I did not write this article. This is my first attempt to add discussion to Wikipedia, although I have contacted Wikipedia twice before to have nonsensical content removed.

My only other comment is that I believe that a higher resolution map of the "Failure Risk" map is available. I will look into the matter. The map no longer appears on the USGS website. Thank you for reading my post.

Qitonia (talk) 22:48, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing it out, I tweaked the sentence. I have read this article at least four times and never picked up on it! Welcome to Wikipedia by the way, and don't be afraid to make changes.--NortyNort (Holla) 23:00, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, NortyNort! I changed one word: "lawmakers" to "Doolittle" in Section "Proposals for resurrecting the Auburn Dam", Paragraph 2, Sentence 3. After all, this entire paragraph is all about John Doolittle's involvement in the Auburn Dam. Qitonia (talk) 00:02, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

I had used that word as the source did. I am sure Doolittle was part of the group though.--NortyNort (Holla) 00:47, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Coordinates Incorrect[edit]

The coordinates in the article resolve to a location about ten kilometers northwest of the actual dam site. Manually locating on Wikimaps the site based on places gives the following coordinates. lat=38.8806787 lon=-121.0613957 Converted to DMS lat 38°52'50"N Lon 121°3'41"W Rounding these to lat 38°53'N Lon 121°4'W gets a lot closer to the original construction site. Qwy47 (talk) 03:00, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I fixed the coordinates in the infobox. Don't know how they got messed up like that... must've been an edit really early in the history that nobody bothered to check. Shannºn 03:25, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Small error in Early History opening?[edit]

The Early History section opens with a reference to the 1950s and then proceeds with info from a century earlier. Should it refer to the 1850s, when Sacramento was originally expanding? I don't know enough to fix it. jxm (talk) 17:19, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Fixed! Thanks for pointing it out.--NortyNort (Holla) 21:00, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Supplemental (mostly confirming) source[edit]

There's a blog at that seems to confirm most of the facts independently of the other links provided. Haven't added it to the main page as it's not used as a source in the main material, but may be useful to people looking to update / change the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:05, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

A blog or contents from it do not meet WP:Reliable or WP:VERIFY as it pertains to reliable sources. I, personally, would try to find a better site than the one mentioned above....JMOP Imveracious (talk) 19:50, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

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