|Posted: Apr 11, 2010Post Subject: Trinity River Dam Release for 2010
|The releases for all of June should be good for the Pigeon Point surf wave.|
Trinity River Dam Release for 2010
date flow in cfs (cubic feet/second)
before April 22 300
through Oct 15 450
Alex and Nadya on Pigeon Point wave
|Posted: Apr 18, 2010Post Subject: "Normal Water Year"
|Tragically, the B.O.R. will fight to designate this a "normal water year" despite all snow sensors being well above the April 1 average. It is already the middle of April, our snowpack hasn't yet begun to melt, and there is another 1-2" of precipitation on the way this week. |
Their strategy of spendthrifting every cubic foot per second (or acre-foot as they like to think of it) continues to keep the Trinity an impaired river system. The main reason BOR seems concerned about the wet water year designation is because of abnormally low lake levels in Clair Engle Reservior, which were caused by mismanagement of flows via. deliveries of Trinity water to the central valley over the last several dry years (their own fault). Treating the R.O.D. flows as a major blow to their calculated water deliveries ignores the fact that these "restoration flows" are merely a blip compared to the annual water usage for the Central Valley Project.
It is important that recreational water users of the Trinity river understand how these flows are managed and designated, in hopes that one day the B.O.R. recognizes the significance of Trinity water to our North Coast tourism dollars. Send a message, that we care about that water, care about bolstering our local economy (rather than massive agro-industrial water users of the central valley) and care about the diminishing salmon runs that these flows are supposed to be helping. It's time to stop treating the North Coast as a second fiddle, it is our water and we should have a say in its allocations.
|A small correction. Unfortunately, while the flow schedule published above by Robin is the one recommended by the Trinity Management Council, it isn't the official schedule. Indeed, so far this season, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hasn't been following it. I'll publish an update with the official release schedule as soon as I receive it.
|The official schedule, through the end of September, is now available on the scheduled release page.