Improvements Begin at Two Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Sites

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has begun construction to expand visitor parking lots and improve facilities at the Bidwell Saddle Dam Trailhead at Kelly Ridge Road in Oroville and the Lime Saddle Boat Launch Area in Paradise.
“Expanding parking lots for visitors and improving site facilities at Bidwell Saddle Dam Trailhead and Lime Saddle Boat Launch are just two examples of our long-standing commitment to invest in Lake Oroville recreation sites.” Construction on the Bidwell Saddle Dam Trailhead will be completed in two phases.
By the time construction work is complete in Spring 2018, visitors can expect running water, additional gravel parking and picnic tables.
This precluded the program’s Restoration Flows, which include releases from Friant Dam for downstream riparian interests.
Currently, 191,575 acre-feet have been recommended as Restoration Flows, with the balance of 364,967 acre-feet as Unreleased Restoration Flows which were sold to Friant long-term contractors.
The change in operations to Restoration Flows is consistent with the Stipulation of Settlement, Restoration Flow Guidelines (V. 2.0, February 2017) and the Final 2017 Restoration Allocation & Default Flow Schedule issued July 10, 2017.
These “Go Low Flow Water Conservation Partnerships” between school districts and public water systems would be created “for purposes of reducing water use at schools, reducing stormwater and dry weather runoff at schools, reducing schoolsite water pollution, and establishing the basis for educational opportunities in water conservation,” according to the bill signed by Governor Brown on Friday.
The schools would also use information from the water suppliers to educate their students, their families, and their communities on the importance of water conservation in drought-afflicted California.
Dequit is among the group of young women, dubbed the La Habra Water Guardians, who proposed bill language to Assemblyman Chen after creating a Water Conservation Master Plan at Washington Middle School in 2015 that aims to cut water use by 30%.
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