New Melones Reservoir

From the 'You Can't Make This Up' department

This comes from the “you-can’t-make-this-up” department of irony and government shenanigans.

As the federal Bureau of Reclamation was announcing its 5 percent allocation for agricultural users south of the Delta and a zero percent allocation for users in the Stockton East Water District and the Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District, the Bureau was preparing this gem:

“Beginning April 3, the Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River, to meet spring fishery flow requirements according to the National Marine Fisheries Service 2009 Biological Opinion. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir.”

Apparently they didn’t get the memo that New Melones is so depleted that there’s not enough water for the two districts that rely on the lake for their water.

Oh, but there’s more:

“The increased flows will be in the form of several three -day controlled pulses, with flows ranging between 200 cubic feet per second and up to 1,200 cfs. Flow changes will occur between midnight and 8 a.m. to minimize public impact. This three-day process will repeat every Sunday through May 1, after which flows will be set to the summer schedule of 150 cfs.”

Did you catch that – the flows will happen at night so people don’t see the river rise and are able to take pictures like they did last year. Okay, so that’s not what they said, but that’s what they mean.

There you have it: the kind of stuff you can’t make up except that it really happens at the hands of government regulators.

TAGS: Legislative
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