From Janie Sheppard
A chance encounter while enjoying a stroll on the new trails around Lake Mendocino, Bill and I met Sean White, the Executive Director of the Russian River Flood Control District. The first person we met, he was enjoying the trails as well. Not surprisingly, the conversation quickly turned to the water level in the lake. Sean said it had not been so low on the same January date since 1976-77, and summed up what happened then with one word: “gnarly.” And, that’s when there were fewer water users than there are now. Thursday, January 22, he said, there would be a public meeting to inform the public. Put that date on your calendar and await details to be announced in Tuesday’s Ukiah Daily Journal and here in Ukiah Blog.
It was nice running into you on the trail. Our meeting will be at 6 pm at the Alex Rorabaugh Center (1640 S. State) at 6 pm on Thursday the 22nd. We will be discussing two main issues at this Special Meeting:
1)The upcoming SWRCB License Inspection
2)The Water Supply Outlook for 2009
FYI-Reservoir levels are now the lowest on record for this date. In 1977 we had approximately 52,000 acre feet of storage at this time, it is currently at 33,000…the situation is indeed “gnarly”.
We are are hoping that by beginning water supply discussions early, we can have allocation system in-place if rainfall continues to be insufficient. Thanks for spreading the word and hope to see you at the meeting.