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Trinity Lake Report and Drought Watch

8/19/14 -The lake is at 2,225', or 145' below the spillway, the lowest it has been on this date since 1977. The lake contunues to go down about 1 foot every 36 hours. The Bureau of Reclamation's irrational, unsustainable behavior remains on track to leave the lake at the second lowest level on record. Given the likelihood of another fairly dry winter, there is little hope for a significant recovery this winter. The water is primarily going down the Sacrmento River for their fish and to lower salinity in the Sacramento Delta. It is absurd to attract fish into the Sacramento only to strand them when the water runs out.

No Ich Preventive Water Releases
from Trinity Reservoir. However, ...

After much debate, the USBR announced that they will NOT release extra water from Trinity Reservoir this season as a preventative Ich measure. However, see the first article linked below: under extraordinary pressure from the tribes, the Bureau is again considering dumping lake water late this month.

Moreover, water will still be diverted to the Sacramento River for the Sac River Salmon and salinity control in the Delta. Why Sac salmon over Trinity salmon? The argument is that Sac salmon are on on the Endangered Species list, the Trinity are not.

The question is, why release the water at all? After all, this is a drought and the fish survived for hundreds of years with occasional low flows. Plus, with the current 50/50 chance for a dry 2015, shouldn't we be saving water for next year? Hope is not a management strategy.

Different viewpoints on the decision:

Drought Information:

New Water Bond Information:

Agriculture accounts for 80% of the non-enviromental water use in California. And Calif grows almost half of the produce consumed in the US. Here are some interesting articles about ag water use:


No matter where you get your water, please be VERY mindful of your water usage. We are in a severe drought. Measured rainful in June was ZERO in Trinity Center. Whether you are on your own well, or on one of the mutual water companies, this year will stress and test our water sources. Some wells have already dried up. Swift Creek and Coffee Creek have well below normal flows. This will likely become critical over the next several weeks.

The remaining water meters are now being installed in Trinity Center. Soon we will have an idea how much water we are using and can use this data to determine the effectiveness of conservation efforts. The water company will also be able to identify users who are wasting vast quantities of water on needless irrigation.

The water meters read cubic feet of water. To understand your water use, take a meter reading. When you take the next meter reading, subtract the first reading and multiply the result by 7.48 gallons per cubic foot. Use all the digits (white and black) and don't bother with the dial gauge (which reads fractions of a cubic foot.) This calculation will tell you how many gallons you used between the meter readings. Try doing it daily for awhile to get a sense of how much you use per day. Make a point of doing the calculation when your outdoor sprinklers have run, and another calculation on a day when your sprinklers have not run. That will let you know how much water you are using outdoors.

Some ideas that will help:

  • Minimize your outdoor irrigation. You don't need to water your lawn for hours every day, or even every other day. Do NOT water in the afternoon. The heat of the day is the WRONG time to irrigate. That is the maximum time of evaporation, and you are just wasting water. Set your sprinker timers for 15 minutes at 4am. In any case, avoid watering between 9am and 7pm.
  • Reduce your irrigation by 1/2. Most systems we see around town are over-watering the gardens and lawns.
  • Convert gardens to drop systems.
  • Do not water on weekends. That is when peak domestic usage occurs as our visitors and part-timers come to town. Set your sprinklers to water twice during the week.
  • Don't water needlessly. You are not preventing fire or reducing your risk by watering pine needles. Removing the pine needles is FAR more effective than keeping them wet.

Burn Permits Are Now Suspended

Effective June 1, 2014 all burn permits have been suspended. No yard debris burning! It doesn't matter if the Air Quality phone line says it's a burn day. NO BURNING!! Contact Cal Fire for details at 623-4201. Cal Fire's press release is
Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Party
The "Bowerman Gang" has already had a couple of very productive work days. A number of great projects have made progress, including installing and painting a picnic table and log bench seat, cleaning up the cemetery, whacking wild rose bushes in the pasture, clearing tree limbs and rocks from the future temporary parking lot, and more! Well over a dozen people from all over the North Lake Area came to help bring back this important historic site and tourist attraction.
  • A proposal has been submitted for funding for the required NEPA for a new interpretive trail at the barn.
  • See the project website.

If you're interested in helping with some of the projects, contact Carol Fall at 286-2855,

Discover Hiking and Jeeping in the Trinity Alps
Hiking in the Trinities will leave you with life-long memories of alpine lakes, fresh air, and amazing wilderness. You can start your exploration with our growing collection of hike writeups. The Granite Lake hike was recently added.

Jeep trip writeups are starting to appear on the North Trintiy Lake Info page!

TPUD Community Workshop 3/3

Trinity PUD's General Manager Paul Hauser presented TPUD's very early plan to move TPUD power lines out of the forest to the Highway 3 easements. The plan has "first glance" concept approval by CalTrans and USFS.

Those attending the workshop had a lot of questions. The consensus from the group was to move forward to the next step of the plan, which is serious discussion with the USFS.

Where appropriate and economical, sections of lines would be moved as a section "ages out" or is in need of major repair. The entire project county-wide could take 15 years.

Here are links to large PDF maps of the power lines in the Trinity Lake area:

Existing: South Lake (3MB)
Existing: Highway 3 (4MB)
Existing: Coffee Creek/East Fork (3MB)

Trinity County Code Enforcement
Here are a few quick links to documents on the Trinity County website:

Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Tunnels
Stop The TunnelsControversy continues as more people become aware of the Governor's proposal to divert Northern Calif water south through two 32-foot diameter tunnels under the Delta. You can read much about this plan on our Stop the Tunnels page. Below are some recent articles and news:


Stop The Tunnels

North Lake Community Action

View the TLRA page for a list of positioning letters, EIR/EIS comments, and community meeting presentations. Community Meeting logo


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