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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5A BUCKS: PG&E says it is working to keel)lake full as possible from page IA But so do Bucks Lake and 80,000 acre-feet of water, the time. But in an effort to and we wilY:be having to takes between 16,000 - 34,000 Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake, he said. But not last fall. Nelson said one of the five powerhouses that generates electricity from Almanor water was shut down. That means PG&E wouldn't be able to generate as much power as it could with all of its plants operating. Additionally, Nelson said that Bucks Creek Powerhouse has a greater capacity to generate electricity than powerhouses that utilize Lake Almanor's water, on account of the head, or distance the water drops. As a businessman, Nelson said he recognizes that PG&E needs to make money. the county, Nelson said that two weeks ago PG&E ran a powerhouse, despite telling him and other concerned residents that they woultln't. "They'll put us out of business," he said. "They're just not being honest." Nelson suggested putting restrictions in the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) license that PG&E is in the process of renewing: He said there have to be some guidelines that protect Bucks Lake businesses and residents. Nelson acknowledged that the scant snowpack last winter and the winter before caused the lake level to drop. He said runoff from a typical winter generates about 70 - which refills the lake each spring. But the last couple years have left levels much lower than normal, and as what little runoff there is declines, the lake level will too. PG&E response Paul Moreno, PG&E news representative, had a different story to tell. He said PG&E did not draw water off the :lake last week. He said the company has only briefly released water for power generation at Bucks Creek Powerhouse twice this year: during a Flex Alert in February and a heat wave June 9. Moreno said, in a normal year, PG&E would be generating power much of keep Bucks Lake as full as it is, they have reduced the runoff considerably. PG&E is required by its FERC license to maintain a minimum in-stream flow to Bucks Creek. And depending on several factors, including the level of Bucks Lake and the level of Lower Bucks Lake, the draft could result in a noticeable drop. "We have been doing a lot to keep Bucks Lake as full as possible, but simply put, the drought means less runoff into this lake and practically all others in California," Moreno said. "We have also not ever stated we would not generate power when needed. Bear in mind that Bucks Lake was built for power generation draw on hydro resources this summer to meet demand for power. "We also provided lake level projections, which were as accurate as we could make them at the time," he said. "But unfortunately we had less runoff in May and June so water levels have dropped a bit." Moreno said the lake level is currently about 1,700 acre-feet lower (12 inches) than forecast at Bucks, and 7,300 acre-feet lower (4 inches) at Almanor. Moreno said there is "no correlation" between the need to rotate operations between Upper North Fork Feather River and Bucks facilities. Most years PG&E acre-feet of water in the fall. They reduce the water levels in both lakes to allow for spring runoff. He said last fall they took 17,500 from Bucks. He said that the April- June runoff into Bucks Lake will probably be the lowest since 1977. Moreno noted that at the end of June 2001 the lake was at 71 TAF (thousand acre feet) - like this year. Other low water years at the end of June were 1988 at 69 TAF, 1985 at 67 TAF and 1977 at 51 TAF. Lake levels for Bucks and Almanor can be found weekly in the front sections of the Feather Publishing's newspapers. , - +.- SAFETY, from page 1A county's major lakes - Davis, Frenchman, Antelope, Bucks, Little Grass Valley, and multiple boats on Lake Almanor. He said the boat patrols will last well into the evening hours. The CHP will also double the number of officers on patrol - increasing from two or three officers per shift, to five or six. CHP Commander Joe Edwards said, like most CHP offices, there will be officers watching for drunk drivers. "There is a higher occurrence of fatalities due to DUIs during the July Fourth holiday," Edwards said. "So we are hoping that by letting folks know we are going to be out there, they , will remember before they ' jump in a car ... and have '. someone else help them out." Edwards, who used to do bicycle patrol, said he wants to implement that style in ' Plumas County: The many Fourth of July events in the . area provide the perfect , opportunity to bring out the :: bikes. " "I'll be out there on a "bicycle helping with traffic control," Edwards said. "I # love doing that." Edwards said the local CHP will be helping out at i eight to 10 events in the county. He said many of the officers who aren't on duty will still be lending a hand and taking part in biking and other athletic events. "We want to support the community in every way possible," Edwards said. "This is fun for us. This is our chance to celebrate. With all the events that are going on, it's the highlight of our year. And it personifies why we are all here. It's because we live in the greatest place and we have great people here." Both Edwards and Hagwood plan to ride in some of the community parades. When asked what they will be riding, both men beamed a wide smile. Edwards said he will be riding his bike, Hagwood plans to ride his new Harley Davidson. Edwards will also be on his bike to help with crowd control during the county's largest annual event - the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy. More than  10,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival from Thursday, July 3, to Sunday, July 6. Edwards said he doesn't expect many problems at the festival, despite the large crowds. "They are a very professional organization and are very easy to work with," Edwards said. "They've come up with some ways to make parking better. If there are any problems, they are usually so small that the public wouldn't be aware of it." Brighten Up Your World with a New Coat of Paint! Interior & Exterior Paint & Stain Commercial, Residential, Big or Small Serving Plumas and Sierra Counties 30 years Experience Discount Pricing il There is no subst[tute for quality BOB RAYMOND PAINTING 836-1339 or 249-3966 cA uc.#TS9277 American-Style K0be Beef "Build Your Own!" 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