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Trinity Lake Report and Drought Watch

9/29/14 -The lake is holding at 2,204', down 166'. It appears the dumping of our lake has slowed for the moment.

The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, succumbed to Indian politics and junk science. She ordered the Bureau of Reclamation to dump Trinity Lake down the Trinity River. She claims there is an "emergency" because some so-called "scientists" have discovered "ich", a fish disease, in the Klamath River. Not one fish, according to the Yurok Indians themselves, has been killed by this disease. Nevertheless, the Bureau is dumping the lake on the off chance that some fish get sick.

Some science studies say that the way that the extra flows work, is that the cold water cools down the water (but only a degree or two by the time a surge gets down to the Klamath) which reduces stress on the fish. And the velocity of the flow keeps the ich from transferring from fish to fish. Steelhead aren't normally susceptible to ich because they don't crowd and seem to be less affected by temperature, like salmon.

If this year of salmon is lost, it is just one year. There are thousands of salmon in the ocean. Salmon stay in the ocean for 2-5 years before returning. So we would have one bad year in the future and the fish population would fill in the void over time. And, most of the fish in the river are hatchery fish.

If we lose a lake business and marina, those most likely will not come back. Our short tourist season with widely varying lake levels does not pencil out economically.

Of course, the kokanee died by the thousands in Trinity and Lewiston Lakes, and the bass in our lake don't count. It's about salmon that wouldn't have come up the river in the first place had they Bureau not been dumping the lake all summer in the worst on record since they dam. The economy and health of those above the dam are not relevant to anyone. It's all about Tribal and environmental self-centered politics with no respect for rural economies.

9/24/14: New weather/drought forecast article below...

Despite Previous Promises For
No Fall Release, There Goes The Water

Alert! Aug 22,2013: Today, the USBR ordered an emergency release of Trinity Lake water into the Klamath River. The linked table shows the release flows. This "emergency" nonsense will result in at least an extra 3' reduction in lake level -- water that will not be available for the real fish needs next year.

The high diversion to the Sacramento River for the Sac River Salmon and salinity control in the Delta will continue.

With the forecast 50/50 chance for a dry 2015, shouldn't we be saving water for next year? The fish kill-off next year with little lake water could be huge.

Different viewpoints on the decision:

Drought Information

2014 November Water Bond Information - Prop 1

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:

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,

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.


No matter where you get your water, please be VERY mindful of your water usage. We are in a severe drought. Measured 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.

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!

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
Stop The TunnelsControversy continues 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:


Stop The Tunnels

North Lake Community Action

View the TLRA page for a list of positioning letters, EIR/EIS comments, and community meeting presentations. Community Meeting logo


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