Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world.
They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of
water, sequester carbon, reduce flooding and erosion, recharge
groundwater and provide a
diverse range of recreational opportunities from fishing and
hunting to photography. They also serve as critical habitat for
wildlife, including a large percentage of plants and animals on
California’s endangered species
Frank Elwin “F.E.” Weymouth (1874-1941) was Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California’s first general manager and chief
engineer, serving from 1929-1941. The Colorado River Aqueduct and
initial distribution system were constructed during his tenure.
Metropolitan’s first treatment plant at La Verne in Los Angeles
County was named the F.E. Weymouth Treatment Plant in his honor.
Whiskeytown Lake, a major reservoir in the foothills of the
Klamath Mountains nine miles west of Redding, was
built at the site of one of Shasta County’s first Gold Rush
communities. Whiskeytown, originally called
Whiskey Creek Diggings, was founded in 1849 and named in
reference to a whiskey barrel rolling off a citizen’s pack mule;
it may also refer to miners drinking a barrel per day.