lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

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Rich hamilton
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lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

Postby Rich hamilton » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:50 pm

Was just wondering when and why they release water from Tulloch? I noticed the Stanislaus river converges and flows into Melonies and then into Tulloch. The river the last three days has been rising quite rapidly here in Ripon.

Must be either Power demand, farm use or to prepare for storms? Thanks in advance, RR
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Captain Morgan
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Re: lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

Postby Captain Morgan » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:08 pm

They do a dam inspection at Tulloch every 4 years during the winter and draw the lake way down for access.

gold fish
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Re: lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

Postby gold fish » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:40 pm

Melones is almost full.

Rich hamilton
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Re: lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

Postby Rich hamilton » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:10 pm

Thanks for the info, it was really strange to see the river literally rise rapidly without much rain etc. Melonies was only down .14 today and Tulloch up .67. I must be reading something wrong on the lake levels.
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Re: lake Tulloch and the Stanislaus River

Postby Whoopbass » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:59 am

If I remember correctly reservoirs are only allowed to be around 80% full around this time of year. I think this was some type of knee jerk legislation to the flooding we had back in 97'. It also may have something to do with the salmon run. The only time they release water if a judge tells them they have to or if they sell it to another water district. I don't think farms need water right now so it's probably for reservoir storage capacity or possibly salmon related.


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