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Last modified on: Thursday, 23-Feb-2017 23:15:54 EST
Trinity Lake Report
2/24/17 -The lake elevation is up to 2,333'. It is now only 37' down from
the spillway. The rain is iaking a break, but the lake is now 77% of capacity, and after
phenomenal rain/snow so ar, we are 104% of normal for this date.
By contrast, Shasta Lake is 129% of normal, but it was higher — they are dumping from Shasta
to make room for the next storms. They are trying to avoid a mess like the Oroville debacle.
The lake has come up 33' since Feb 1, and inflows peaked over 71,700 cfs! (That's over 1 2/3
acre-feet per second.) We really want it to get cold again to hold the snow until after the May
fish release. However, we have been notified by the Bureau of Reclamation that the lake is now
at the level that may trigger safety-of-dam releases that could go as high as 3,500 cfs. After
the current dry period, we may see some dumping of the lake.
This water year, the lake bottomed out at 2,250.0 feet (39% of capacity) on Oct 13, 2016 —
we are up some 83' from that point so far. Last water year, the lake bottomed out on Dec 8, 2015 with
470,176 acre-feet, at 2,179.1 feet in elevation and 19% of capacity, the second lowest
level on record. The lake peaked on May 3, 2016 with 1,494,835 acre-feet, at 2,302.7 feet and
61% of capacity. They started dumping the lake down the river on April 25. Trinity Center
ramp was in the water from about April 10 to the end of May, well before boating season.
Then they dumped the lake again in August and September for no justifiable reason. But the lake
is recovering nicely this winter.
Here is a graph
of historic lake elevation (updated 2/19) showing spillway and Trinity Center ramp elevations.
The Dec 8, 2015 low-water mark was the second lowest ever, the lowest being 1977.
(The gaps in the line on the graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)
The Bureau plans to FINALIZE their 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.) THEY GO AHEAD AND DUMP THE WATER
ANYWAY, even though they have not approved plan.
California Boating and Waterways Commission
Approved Our Boat Ramp Project!
At the Feb 8 meeting of the state Boating and Waterways commission in Weaverville, approval was granted for
the $1.64 million improvement project for the Trinity Center launching facility. The grant will
be given to the USFS to do the work since they manage the National Recreation Area that controls recreation on Trinity Lake.
The USFS has applied for a $1.64 million grant to improve the parking, restroom and launch
facilities at our boat ramp. The plan is to extend and re-pave the double-lane ramp down to
the bottom of the current single-lane, put in a new floating courtesy dock, install
all-new restrooms, and more! The details are in
The day before the meeting, on Feb 7, the commission toured the Trinity Center ramp and concluded
that this is a very valuable resource for our community in need of overhaul.
A strong showing of local support both at the ramp tour and at the meeting in Weaverville went
a long way toward convincing commission members of the need. They said multiple times that they
were impressed with the public show of support for the project.
The work will need to be done at a lower lake level, and the end of the drought this year is
ironic timing, but the project is approved and actually includes funding for a small cofferdam
to allow work even if the ramp is not fully exposed.
A big Thank You to California Department of Boating and Waterways, the USFS NRA team, the Trinity Collaborative,
and, of course, a small, tireless group of locals who fought to keep this project on the radar and moving forward!
USFS Local Fuels Reduction Project - DONE !!
The Forest Service project east
of Hwy 3 just north of KOA is done and looks great.
Here is a map of the project area.
The treatment removed trees up to 8", with a few 10" trees,
to reduce the density of ladder fuels. Brush and duff will be burned in the Fall. The intent is keep the forest
canopy to prevent sunlight from reaching the ground and regrowing the brush.
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
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: