No dam water for Lake Tahoe rafters on the Fourth

Published online: Jul 01, 2010 News Greyson Howard - North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
Viewed 496 time(s)

TAHOE CITY, Calif. - Truckee River flow rules mean no water for rafters between Tahoe City and the River Ranch for the Fourth of July.

The late spring runoff has been good for the lower stretches of the Truckee River and other streams, creating generally high flows. But a long-standing federal rule means that as long as the flow is high through Floriston in the Truckee River, the U.S. District Court Water Masters Office can't release extra water from Lake Tahoe, leaving rafting companies on the upper stretch high and dry.

"It's pretty devastating," said Aaron Rudnick, owner and operator of the Truckee River Raft Company. "It's not even the loss of revenue .... it's 85 kids we'd like to start on their summer jobs before summer is over."

He said the Fourth of July weekend is generally the biggest weekend of the summer for business. Instead, Rudnick said he'll be renting out the company's parking lot for extra paid parking.

Chad Blanchard, deputy chief water master at the water masters office, said the rule states the office can't let more water than the natural flow out of Tahoe as long as more than 500 cubic feet per second is flowing past Floriston, and as of Thursday, that rate was 930.

"Obviously this is a freak year for extremely late runoff," Blanchard said. "We don't make the rules and can't change the rules."

Any change would have to come from the courts he said, but that hasn't stopped people from calling.

"We've gotten calls from congressmen's' offices, senators' offices, everybody in Placer County and individuals screaming and cussing," Blanchard said.

Read more at http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20100701/NEWS/100709985/1061&ParentProfile=1050

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 01, 2015

California Fishing-License Purchases Are Dropping

If fishing is your game, you might want to take the luring call of California lakes with a grain of salt.
March 30, 2015

The Mini Bike Is Back!

The Downtube Mini Shimano Nexus 8SP Folding Bike has answered the call of demand and is back on the market!
March 25, 2015

Restored To Her Glory

If you’re interested in restoration stories, you don’t want to miss this one—which involves a little history lesson to boot.
March 19, 2015

Why You Should Keep Your Smoke Alarms Up To Date

If you want to hear a good argument for keeping your smoke alarms up to date onboard, check out this man’s story according to Cambridge News.
March 11, 2015

Unmanned Houseboat Drifts 165 Miles

You’ve heard of runaway dogs, but have you ever heard of a runaway houseboat?
March 04, 2015

Lake Norris Update: Twin Cove Marina Is Seeing Great Progress

In an admiral show of resilience and dedication, the heavy winter damage at Twin Cove Marina, Carryville, Tenn., is already being tackled by cleanup crews.
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!