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Last modified on: Saturday, 02-May-2015 17:32:23 EDT
Trinity Lake Report
5/2/15 - The dumping of Trinity Lake down the river is accerlating. It will ramp up quickly for the next 5 days as the lake falls continually. Today the lake is at 2,274'. The Bureau is dumping the lake for the so-called restoration program.
The lake is down 96' from the spillway. With so little precipitation in the forecast for the rest of this rain year,
and essentially no snowpack whatsoever, the lake will not recover at all this year from the spring dumping.
In other words, we have seen the lake's high water mark for this year.
The Trinity River Restoration Program is releasing a disproportionate amount of water down the river.
In the midst of a severe drought, declared by the governor,
they have stated this is a "dry" year.
Last year was "critically dry" and this year is worse when you add precipitation and snowpack together.
The lake is lower than last year,
but the Program will take at least 84,000 more acre-feet than last year, and they have not ruled out the
"fall release" at the end of summer to avoid a "fish kill."
Here is the updated graph
of historic lake elevations The lake peaked about 83' above this year's low water mark on Nov 21, 2014. 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.)
SPECIAL TOPIC AT May 5th TC CSD MEETING:
A special topic is on the agenda for this Tuesday's Trinity Center CSD meeting at 6:30 pm at the IOOF Hall.
Lara Graham, U.S.F.S. fuels planner with the Shasta-Trinity Forest. Ms. Graham is in charge of a fuels
reduction project between Highway 3 and the lake north of Trinity Center. She will present an update on
the project and answer questions. As always, the public is invited to CSD meetings.
For more information see the TCCSD Meeting Information page.
DINING IN THE NORTH LAKE
MiniKat Is Open
Mother's Day Brunch at Cedar Stock
Trailhead Pizza Is Open
Yellow Jacket Open Weekends
CCVFD Breakfast - 3rd Sunday of Each Month
TCVFD Breakfast - Sat, May 23
Another season of milkshakes, burgers, and good fun begins today at the MiniKat at KOA, now open daily 11a to 8p.
Don't miss Mother's Day at Timbers Restaurant at Cedar Stock, May 10, 1p-6p.! Timber's new Chef Jeremiah
Mitchell will be treating us to smoked prime rib, marinated pork loin, parmesan-encrusted fish, sides, salads, desserts!
Reservations recommended, 286-2225.
Trailhead Pizza is open for the 2015 season. Spring hours are Fridays from 5p to 8p
and Saturdays & Sundays from 11a to 8p.
The Yellow Jacket is open weekends 9a to 6p.
The Coffee Creek Fire Flies have started their season of Sunday morning breakfasts.
The monthly breakfast is on the 3rd Sunday of each month from April through October at the Coffee Creek Fire Hall.
Come on out and support your local fire departments!
The Trinity Center Fire Department Auxiliary will hold their first breakfast of the season at the IOOF Hall
on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 from 8a to noon. Come on out and support your local fire departments!
TCVFD Chief Ken Rieke Steps Down
After 4 1/2 years as fire chief of the Trinity Center VFD, Ken Rieke has stepped down. His work schedule
makes it impractical to continue as chief, but Ken says he will continue to respond as a firefighter
and EMT when he is town.
We are certain that all of us in the North Lake would like to express our gratitude to Ken for outstanding leadership of
the department. On his watch, the department added members, replaced aging equipment, upgraded skills,
and restarted the fire hall upgrade program. Ken will be missed as chief.
Assistant Chief Steve Renten will be acting chief until the TC CSD board takes action to replace Ken.
Anyone interested in the position should submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Jan Bellinger,
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.
Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Day
The Bowerman Gang held a productive work day on Saturday, Feb 21. The many fruit trees near the barn and the old Bowerman
homestead site were pruned. They were long overdue. Also, the barbed wire fence across the road was taken down, leaving just
the pasture northeast of the barn fenced for the mules.
If you're interested in helping with some of the projects, contact Carol Fall at 286-2855, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: