WATER IS THE NEXT OIL
The rain we are getting is not nearly enough. I have a bad feeling this is the year the lawn goes bye bye as we head into a drought.
From a post on Scubaboard.
Shasta Lake is currently 150' below the high water mark. This gives us divers a chance to investigate our favorite dive sites from the surface. I have attached a couple of photos that some might find interesting. The Sacramento arm of the lake has 3 train tunnels that are located between 80 and 165 feet below the high water mark. The most northern tunnel is high and dry. It is a pretty cool dive when the lake is full or nearly full. Where the cement port holes meet mother earth we have a cave in on both sides of the tunnel. Access through the tunnel is still possible. The middle tunnel has a steel bridge on the north side. Note the date on the tunnel. The third tunnel is still submerged today but should become visible in a week or so as the water level drops. Currently the visibility is a foot or less, bummer. The lower the lake the worse the vis. The first tunnel is a cool dive when it's 30 or more feet under the water. I have dove all 3 tunnels and the vis was much better then. It was many years ago when the lake was at this level. The 3rd tunnel is very long (between 1500 and 2000 feet.
I can remember many years ago snaking through the trees on the Pit Arm. The lake was so low, probably about where it is now, that you could not drive up to the no ski zone area. It was a small river by that area. When not generating power there was almost no water.
Also remember about 7 years ago it snowed heavy leading into Christmas then rained on the snow causing the water to flow over the dam because they could not release water fast enough. Everything down river flooded. The Delta had houseboats crashing into bridges.