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Last modified on: Tuesday, 28-Jul-2015 11:54:08 EDT
Trinity Lake Report
7/28/15 - The lake elevation is 2,235', down 135' from the spillway, down 41 feet this year, and down 11' in the last month.
We are 7' below last year on this date, and they released more water this year than last down the river!
Incredibly poor water management in a drought.
The Central Valley Project (CVP) forecast for the Trinity Lake level by the end of December is 2,175'
(based on the 6/25/15 CVP ops 90% exceedance forecast.)
That means between now and then, they plan to release up to another 60 feet of lake elevation. The releases
at this point is mostly aimed at temperature control for the Sacramento River.
Moreover, this is the year of the Indian "boat dance" on the Trinity River. The Tribes may ask for
another release for this ceremony, water that should be saved in the current drought. Any water they take for
this "ceremony" would not count as water for the fish project or any other beneficial use. Brilliant
thinking in the face of the drought.
The CVP forecast is at the 90%
confidence level, which means there's a 90% chance the lake will be at least 2,175', a conservative guess.
The lake will likely be higher than that, but this is their planning number. What it does mean is that they plan
to dump a lot of water between now and the end of the year, and that they don't expect much backfill from rain.
The lowest level on record since the lake
originally filled is 2,120' in November 1977.
In the midst of the current severe drought, declared by the governor,
the Record of Decision water year tables called this a "dry" year.
Last year was called "critically dry" and this year is worse when you add precipitation and snowpack together.
The lake is lower than last year,
but the ROD does not factor lake level into the release equation. They have still not ruled out the
"fall release" at the end of summer to avoid a "fish kill." It is time to seriously reexamine
a river management plan that balances wildlife, economics, and socio impacts.
Here is the updated graph
of historic lake elevations This winter's lower water mark occurred on Nov 21, 2014, and then the lake rose about 83'.
The Nov 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.)
EMS Transport Meeting
The North Lake would like to thank Kathy Ratliff and Rob Barcelona from TCLS, Troy Jones and Matt Nehls from PHI,
and Suzie Smith and Jennifer Hart from REACH for driving all the way to Trinity Center to meet with us.
These top notch EMS providers joined our own Bob Bryant, Medical Director for TCVFD and CCVFD, to present the
process used to determine how and where to transport patients in our area. And a special Thank You to the TCVFD
Auxiliary for providing refreshments and beverages for the meeting Monday evening.
Whether to transport a patient by ground or air, and where to take the patient, is a determination made by the
first responders, and it is clear that these volunteers and professionals do their utmost best to provide the best
appropriate care to the patient.
We are lucky to have so many highly qualified resources available to us here in our remote North Lake area.
While not doing a "hard sell" for their respective membership programs, TCLS, PHI and REACH made it
abundandly clear that it is in everyone's best interest to join all three membership programs.
Like most insurance, we hope we never need it and wish we had the premiums back. But if we do need it,
these programs can avoid a financial catastrophe, on top of whatever medical problem one might be dealing with.
You can obtain membership in all three programs for just $150 per year. Contact your local fire department for more information.
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: