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Major North Trinity Events
Last modified on: Wednesday, 19-Oct-2016 02:41:43 EDT
Trinity Lake Report
10/19/16 - The lake actually inched up to 2,251' but will start down again shortly.
October 1 marked the beginning of the new, 2017 water year. For the purposes of measuring inflow to the lake and calculations of how much
to dump down the river and over the hill, calculations are reset on October 1. Water year 2016, which just ended, was declared
a "normal" year by the people below the dam, so they could dump more water than the obviously dry year that it was.
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 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.
Here is a graph
of historic lake elevation, updated to show 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 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.) THEY GO AHEAD AND DUMP THE WATER
ANYWAY, even though they have no approved plan.
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: