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Major North Trinity Events
Last modified on: Wednesday, 10-Feb-2016 22:53:47 EST
Trinity Lake Report
2/11/16 - Runoff from the past month's storms has the lake up to 2,222' — 148' down from
the spillway. We are in a dry period and inflows have slowed down. Even with all the
snow and rain, the lake is only up 6% to 30% of capacity, only
42% of its historic average for the date, up 43' from low water of 2,179' on Dec 8.
By contrast, Shasta Lake is 79% of its historic average for the date. The Trinity Center
ramp is usable down to about 2,295', so the lake has to come three times
as much as it has already to reach the bottom of the ramp.
Here is a graph
of historic lake elevation, updated to show spillway and Trinity Center ramp elevations.
Last winter's low-water mark
occurred on Nov 21, 2014 and then the lake rose about 83'. The Dec 8, 2015 low-water mark was the third
lowest ever, the prior two being 1977 and 1992.
(The gaps in the line on the graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)
The Bureau has published a proposed Draft Plan to make the fall flows permanent.
The plan has many comments showing that it is not based on any authorizing legislation
and is not based on science. It violates California water law.
(See information below about the Draft Long-Term Plan.)
USFS Local Fuels Reduction Project
The Forest Service is planning a project to reduce the potential impact of a forest fire in the area east
of Hwy 3 just north of KOA. Here is a map of the project area.
The planned treatment of the area includes removal of trees up to 8", with a few 10" trees,
to reduce the density of ladder fuels. Brush and duff will be burned. The intent is keep the forest
canopy to prevent sunlight from reaching the ground and regrowing the brush. The area will look similar
to the area immediately adjacent to KOA that was treated in the past.
It is hoped that all of the requisite paperwork will be completed by the springtime so that hands-on work
can begin next summer. Slash piles will be created and will be burned once the material has dried.
Prescribed burn(s) will be used to remove brush and duff.
Watch this space for information about community meetings where more details will be presented.
2015 Draft Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon
in the Lower Klamath River
US Reclamation solicited comments on a draft plan to make their late-summer augmentation release
(up to 83,000 acre feet) permanent. Comments were due Aug 20, 2015. The draft plan and posted comments
are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/lt-plan.html
Trinity Lake Revitalization Alliance submitted
comments on this draft. Our first comment is that the title of the plan is biased and reflects an unscientific
assumption that the salmon need protecting.
Under the plan's preferred action, water would be released if "triggers" occur in the lower Klamath River.
Reclamation is supposed to answer all submitted comments, modify the plan accordingly, and then issue an
Environmental Impact Study (EIS) in Spring 2016. At that time, the public can again submit comments on the EIS and final plan.
TLRA's position is that these extra water releases beyond the Trinity River Record of Decision (ROD) damage
Trinity County and the businesses and communities in the North Lake. Lake recreation is a huge part of Trinity
County's only remaining legal economy: tourism.
Therefore, Trinity County and lake-based businesses should be compensated for damage due to diminished lake
levels and boat facilities improvements should be funded to increase the public ability to safety access the lake for recreation.
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: