Really? Water releases from a near empty Trinity Lake? Yes, we’re getting more rain than we’ve had for quite a while. Yes, we’ve got more snow in our Alps than we’ve had in many years.
Because of the lack of that rain and snow, known as a drought, our lake has been at historic low levels. Has anyone been to the Stewart Fork Bridge on Highway 3. Gazing out onto the lake … with your binoculars.
Or when was the last time you visited Trinity Center or Coffee Creek with your boat instead of your off road vehicle riding around the cobble piles.
The powers that be in Sacramento truly do not understand the definition of water reservoir … that is: A hole in the ground, full of water, often created by a dam or other blockage of a stream or river. The water is intentionally trapped to provide downstream protection from uncontrolled floods and also provide year-round water supplies ... for both fish and people … right?
Wouldn’t it be wise (shoot, no wisdom in government) to allow water to be stored at least to bring lake levels to a place where all can benefit?
As for TRRP and all their attempts to “restore” the river, all I can say to that is … money well wasted … in the 18 years I’ve witnessed various TRRP projects along the Trinity the only success, in my opinion, has been job security for the contractors and project designers.
I understand that a new county ad-hoc committee has just been formed and I believe they have been assigned the task of looking into Trinity River water.
I’m looking forward to what they find … water source, water storage, water releases, both downstream and the Central Valley Project.
I really hope they find a means to better manage this very valuable resource.
It's quite remarkable how quick you are to point fingers and blame TRRP, yet you do not have a PhD or other advanced degree in biology, hydrology, geology, or any other relevant field study to make your comments worthwhile.
Have you considered that gold and metal mining was so destructive that we STILL, to this day, have not yet corrected all of the damage done? You clearly don't understand the correlation of damming the river and plummeting fish populations, who are now cut off from miles of habitat for spawning.
The water being released right now is for fish benefit downstream, not necessarily for direct human use. But of course, we as humans benefit when our food sources and our water are healthy and thriving.
Jim, you frankly never offer any solutions when you write into the Journal and I hope you find it within yourself to stop whining and start solving.
Maybe go back to school, learn the best restoration techniques available, and get on the ground! Get to work!
I don't see a tremendous amount of value in your incomplete observations and ignorant finger-pointing.
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