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Lewis Griswold published a column in the Fresno Bee outlining a proposal using the Tulare Lake area for water storage instead of the Temperance Flat Dam.
The San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum has published a plan to use the Tulare Lake Basin for water storage. Read all about it here:
The text of the Fresno Bee column by Lewis Griswold is here:
Friant Dam is located on the San Joaquin River, 25 miles northeast of Fresno, California. Completed in 1942, the dam is a concrete gravity structure, 319 feet high, with a crest length of 3,488 feet. The dam controls the San Joaquin River flows, provides downstream releases to meet requirements above Mendota Pool, and provides flood control, conservation storage, diversion into Madera and Friant-Kern Canals, prevents salt water from destroying thousands of acres in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and delivers water to a million acres of agricultural land in Fresno, Kern, Madera, and Tulare Counties in the San Joaquin Valley.
The dam at Redinger Lake (also known as Big Creek Dam No. 7) and intake structure are located about 6.3 river miles upstream of the Big Creek No. 4 Powerhouse. The dam is a concrete gravity dam, 250 feet high, and contains a maximum capacity of 35,000 TAF. The top of the dam, at elevation 1,413.5, is 875 feet long.
Kerckhoff Dam, Kerckhoff Powerhouse, and Kerckhoff No. 2 Powerhouse are all included in FERC Project Number 96, which was originally licensed in 1922. Kerckhoff Dam impounds Kerckhoff Lake, which serves as the forebay for both Kerckhoff and Kerckhoff No. 2 powerhouses. The dam is a concrete arch type, approximately 114 feet in height. The top of the dam is at elevation 994.50. The spillway crest is at elevation 971.34 and the normal maximum water surface is at elevation 985.00. The reservoir has a usable capacity of 4,252 acre-feet. Separate intakes and water conveyance systems are provided for the Kerckhoff and Kerckhoff No. 2 powerhouses. Both intakes are located on the south bank of Kerckhoff Lake near the dam.
Did you know that the Pacific Gas & Electric Company is one of the largest utilities in the United States? Are you aware of where the first powerhouse was located in the Central Sierra or how the site became part of the PG&E hydroelectric generation system?
American ingenuity and engineering created this hydroelectric plant when commercial use of electricity was in its infancy.
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