California Lake Vanishes Overnight
Northern California Reservoir Vanishes Overnight
Formally known as Mountain Meadows reservoir, or Walker Lake, the reservoir was a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville. The rights to the site are currently owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Company who use the reservoir for hydroelectric power. PG&E claims to be just as surprised as everyone else.
“It’s the situation we worked hard to avoid but the reality is we’re in a very serious drought, there’s also concerns for the fish downstream,” noted PG&E spokesman, Paul Moreno.
Eddie Bauer, a local resident, said there should’ve been at least 2 weeks of water left and that would’ve given PG&E enough time to relocate the fish:
“This makes me feel like they didn’t want to do a fish rescue and that it was easier to open that sucker up Saturday night.“
Extreme claims, to say the least, which can’t be substantiated.
In response, PG&E officials said nobody opened the dam up and that the water simply ran out.
“The reservoirs are all continuing to be far below normal,” said Doug Carlson with the Department of Water Resources, “We are reliant upon rainfall to fill those lakes of course and until we get more rain we’re not likely to see any appreciable increase in the reservoir levels.”
What are your thoughts? Does California have a fighting chance to survive the drought? Is this a sign of what’s to come for the rest of the US with changing weather patterns? Is this just the ‘natural process’ of our ‘little blue dot’ in space?
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