March 3, 2009 3:18 PM

Future of dams could pit farms against fish

The Merced River begins its journey high in the Sierra before rushing down the foothills and crossing the Valley to finally empty into the San Joaquin River. Most of this scenic river's 122-mile-route runs below two of Merced Irrigation District's dams. The very life of the river depends on how much water these dams release and when. That relationship may change

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