Auburn Dam Council Meeting on December 1, 2008 at Coco's Restaurant, 7AM
Come and join us to celebrate the life of Bob Massey. Bring your memories and stories.
We'll also provide an update on the water rights permits. There'll be a short planning session.


On November 8, 2008 Robert ''Farmer Bob'' Massey, 86, died in Fair Oaks. He was known as a historian, a character, a friend to many, an institution, and even a legend in the community. Bob was President of the Auburn Dam Council.

As “Farmer Bob”, Massey ran a pumpkin patch and truck farm off Sunset in Fair Oaks where he drove his tractor around charming children and their Moms and Dads. As a local historian, Massey was in the habit of correcting reporters and the Fair Oaks Historical Society for their errors. Massey once corrected a newspaper’s location of a fire in 1936. He had been there as a volunteer in the Fair Oaks Fire Department fighting the fire with buckets of water and burlap sacks.

One of his many legacies, some yet to be realized, is the construction of a multipurpose Auburn Dam which will one day protect the Sacramento region from catastrophic floods, drought and power black outs. For decades, Robert Massey carried the torch; giving speeches wherever asked and inviting elected officials and experts to speak before the ADC. The Auburn Dam became part of state planning in the twenties, about when Bob was born. A dilatory Congress didn’t get around to authorizing the Auburn Project until 1965. An earthquake, environmentalists and bureaucrats delayed the project afterwards, but Robert Massey and the ADC kept the spark alive. His toughness and determination was expressed with his bumper sticker, “Build it Dam it.”

Almost exactly a month before a state bureaucracy planned to take away the water rights of the Auburn project, Bob Massey died. Some say he was dispirited; many believe he has gone on to charm and appeal to a Higher Authority.

Always ready with a warm greeting, always asking about our family members, always caring about others… that is the legacy that Bob Massey has left to us.  We indeed are better for having known him. Onward to Farmer Bob Massey, whose devotion to public service inspired us to give more of ourselves to make the world a better place. We will miss you, Bob.

Water Revocation PDF
State Water Resources Control Board Web site

Tom McClintock Supports the Auburn Dam
Tom McClintock's state to State Water Control Board

Current Stats


Floods and Droughts: navigating the balance
Auburn Dam is the only long term solution

Hurricane Katrina has clearly identified the level devastation and misery that can be brought about by rising water. Without a doubt our citizens are concerned about their safety and economic welfare. This has created renewed interest in the Auburn Dam because, as we have maintained for fifty years, it is the only long term solution to both flood and drought conditions. Please join us in our fight to secure California's future.

We invite you to research the reasons why the Auburn Dam makes sense. Be sure to read Former Assemblyman Anthony Pescetti's letter and former USBR official Mike Catino's arguments in favor of building the dam. Scope of the project is discussed on our AD Project Features page. Common questions are answered on our FAQ page and the AD Council Comments page.

Then check out the links that discuss the Sacramento flood risk and the droughts in California. We have compiled some interesting information in our Resources section. Stuart Leavenworth's series entitled "Rising Risk" is an eye opener as to what can happen to Sacramento if our levees fail.

Short History of Auburn Dam
Controversial Auburn Dam has 50-year pedigree

Can we Handle a Big Flood? Dam Good Option for the Region-Dr. Canfield
Witt & Steir: How to Battle Another Katrina Chronology of the Auburn Dam
Our Changing Climate: Assessing the Risk to California Who pays for the Auburn Dam?
Scenarios of Climate Change in California: An Overview Two Opinions on the Auburn Dam-Historical Journal PDF
Finger Pointing is not the answer to flood risks Time to End the Water Wars