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Major North Trinity Events
Last modified on: Monday, 30-Nov-2015 19:25:49 EST
Trinity Lake Report
12/1/15 - The lake has slipped to 2,180', the 2nd lowest level on record, second only to the infamous 1977 draw down. The lake is
down 190' from the spillway, down 96 feet this year.
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.)
Here is a graph
of historic lake elevations through the end of the 2015 water year on Sep 30. Last winter's low water mark
occurred on Nov 21, 2014, and then the lake rose about 83'. Last November's low water mark was the third
lowest ever, the prior two being 1977 and 1992. We are already lower than 1992 in the new 2016 water year.
(The gaps in the line on the graph are due to missing or bad data in the state's database.)
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: