Our friend Alison, who is a shopper of profound skill, scored this Shasta Dam tourist plate on a recent expedition.
Built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation between 1938 and 1945, Shasta is part of the first post-Hoover Dam generation, a concrete arch structure capable of storing more than 4.5 million acre feet of water.
Located on the Sacramento River north of Redding, Calif., it is part of the Central Valley Project. It works in tandem with the smaller Keswick Dam, located just downstream, which re-regulates flow from the more erratic up-and-down releases associated with Shasta’s power plant (such a two-dam configuration is not uncommon).
Thanks to California’s bodacious snowpack, Shasta currently holds 4 million acre feet of water, 6 percent above average for the beginning of April.