Canal construction moving forward

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Construction on the Bear River Canal is building momentum and PG&E said it is continuing to work to bring some water to Placer County irrigation customers. The company has finished pouring the concrete to stabilize the hillside below the location of the break, according to PG&E officials. On Thursday it received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to proceed with construction on a temporary bypass and permanent fix for the canal, according to the utility’s website. The website reports that the commission also approved a temporary high-lift pump site downstream from the canal break. The pumping is expected to start early in the week of May 15 and restore five to 10 cubic feet of water per second to the canal. PG&E is continuing to truck water from Rollins Reservoir to several Placer County Water Agency delivery sites. The company is now transferring 360,000 gallons per day for a total of two million gallons as of Friday, according to PG&E. The temporary canal bypass is expected by the first week of June, with a permanent fix in mid-June, PG&E has said. ~Staff report