A local creek that has been dry for a long time
I wrote around 10 of these chronicles over the last two years, sort of tracking the whole experience. I really thought it was permanent. I had a moment of fear when we were told if we didn’t cut back, California could run out of water. We cut back a lot. The restrictions and warnings and increased prices resulted in a massive conservation effect. We were successful, yay!
I also was sad taking pictures of Sand Harbor because these shallow waters used to be deep enough to dive into.
You could still carefully wade out, but even that would be gone soon.
I walked in the Truckee River, the only outlet of Lake Tahoe.
The piers weren’t much use any more!
The gates at Fanny Bridge, the mouth of the Truckee River looked like this two years ago:
Volunteer anglers working with fisheries personnel caught the huge trout who lived there, put them in aquariums, moved them to the lake, and released them…before it was too low for them to live.
Now all 17 gates are open:
Just like we couldn’t assume it would always be like the drought, we can’t assume it would always be like this past year, but it’s a massive relief. We now have a gravel front yard. Here’s a photo from the post when we first had it delivered a couple years ago.
We just have drip watering now.
Hope you have a nice week!