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Major North Trinity Events
Last modified on: Thursday, 16-Oct-2014 19:48:26 EDT
Trinity Lake Report and Drought Watch
10/16/14 -The lake has dropped below 2,200'. It is at 2,198', down 172'. The lake has not been below 2,200' since a few months in the winter of 1992. Before
that, it was the famous 1977 that saw the lake this low. In 1992, the lake bottomed out at 2,192, and in 1977 the lake went all the way down to 2,120' (down
Over the past month, Reclamation bypassed Trinity Dam power generation for 2½ weeks, plus used a diesel-fed chiller at Lewiston Dam to cool water in order to meet Trinity River temperature targets.
The emergency release has ended. Releases will return to normal late fall flows of 300cfs by 10/17.
Check Trinity Dam releases and Lewiston.
With the forecast 50/50 chance for a dry 2015, shouldn't
we have saved water for next year? The fish kill-off next year with little lake water could be huge.
Fall Release Ruling...
Oct 2, 2014: Federal judge O'Neill dismissed most of the fall flow
lawsuit claims by San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority. But, in a minor victory, the court did find for the
irrigators that the 1955 statute that the government relied on as authority for supplemental flows did not actually
provide such authority. The Bureau will need to invoke different legal authority if additional releases are required
in the future.
The Yurok Tribe, PCFFA and Earthjustice mostly support the ruling, but the Hoopa don't. And, no surprise,
the Hoopa Tribe is going to appeal.
For Trinity Lake, hopefully this means that ALL stakeholders will be invited to come to the table and we
can build a balanced solution for multiple uses of Trinity water.
Different viewpoints on the decision:
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!
You'll notice that many of our write-ups are appearing in the Trinity Lake Shopper!
Drought Information and Forecasts
Current Reservior Conditions (DWR)
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:
2014 November Water Bond Information - Prop 1
Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Party
The Bowerman Barn gang worked on the cemetery fence on Saturday, Sep 6. The old, USFS-installed fence was removed,
and the posts for a more historically accurate picket fence were installed. Also, USFS archeologists determined
that the cemetery is oriented to face the Alps, and therefore, removing the flora blocking the view would be in order.
The work crew was authorized to take out any dead trees and shrubs that could be removed with loppers.
- 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, email@example.com
Coffee Fire Trail Closures Reduced
As of Sept 18, some trails are still closed due to the Coffee Fire.
The latest map
shows that much of the Red Trinities north
of the fire have been reopened. Essentially, the area between Coffee Creek's North Fork and East Fork, from Coffee
Creek Road north to a line along the Granite Creek drainage northeast to Wolford Cabin, then east to the intersection
of the PCT and Granite Creek Trail, then south along Bloody Run trail past Doe Flat to East Fork Trail.
Granite Lake (the one northeast of Hodges Cabin, not the one up Swift Creek) and Doe Lake are closed. Stoddard Lake
and trail are open.
CONSERVE WATER !!
No matter where you get your water, please be VERY mindful of your water usage. We are in a severe
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.
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
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: