After a November court ruling resulted in California State Parks compromising restoration plans for the Upper Truckee River at Washoe Meadows State Park and Lake Valley State Recreation Area, the department has developed a new alternative and is seeking public comment until the end of this month.
Concerns over an algae bloom at Wright’s Lake resulted in a call to the Central Valley Water Board to conduct water samples. According to staff at the Eldorado National Forest, a member of the public visited the lake on June 28 and observed a subsurface algal bloom that appeared to extend throughout the lake.
As temperatures quickly rose last summer, the Kings River began to swell. Water levels at Pine Flat were at 929,281-acre-feet — 293 percent full, while the statewide snowpack was at 193 percent of average. The Army Corps of Engineers had to release the excess water.
Forni Meadows — a high-elevation wilderness area, endangered species haven and cultural site newly added to Eldorado National Forest — is now open to the public, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release Monday.
The push to drain Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and restore the Sierra canyon to its natural state was rejected by the courts — again — Monday, though opponents of the dam said they plan to take their fight to the California Supreme Court.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve started calling “drought” bears.
A Ghost Ships exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum highlights some of the many underwater stories and secrets Lake Tahoe has harbored, and offers some hints about may what yet be found in her famously clear, cold depths. The exhibit runs through April 2015.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.
“Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.”
“A wildfire burning in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County is expected to expand deeper into the woods Monday, its flames fueled by wind and unseasonably dry conifer trees and grass, officials said.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors column:
“One sight that alarmed me last week was at a remote natural spring I’ve returned to many times, where the water is cold and sweet and pumps like a perpetual fountain. From the drought and low snowpack last winter, it was already a trickle. I haven’t seen it go dry, but this could be the year.”