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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is preparing to drain and inspect the water outlet tower and tunnel at Canyon Dam on Lake Almanor. The public may notice workers and equipment at the site through July 26. This work will not affect water levels in Lake Almanor as outflows into the North Fork of the Feather River will remain unchanged.
Immediately after the May 23 earthquake, PG&E inspected hydroelectric facilities and even continued to perform foot and air patrols for more than a week. Although the earthquake caused no visible or detectable issues according to PG&E instrumentation, PG&E is inspecting the intake tower and discharge tunnel at Canyon Dam as a precaution.
PG&E is draining the tower and 1,354-foot tunnel that carries water from the outlet tower on Lake Almanor to the North Fork Feather River. PG&E’s contactor will use a barge and floatation devices at the outlet tower near Canyon Dam to perform the inspection work.
Water pumps were placed by helicopter on the spillway to pump from the lake so water can continue flowing to the river. Divers will inspect the outside of the tower.
The pumps will draw water at a similar depth to the tower gates so outflows into the river will be of the same temperature as is normal for this time of year. A helicopter will remove the pumps as the contractor demobilizes.
FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough
This cowboy holds on for dear life during last year’s saddle bronc riding portion of the rodeo clinic at Feather River College. For the third year, FRC’s rodeo...Read More...
New class plans paddle fest
Quincy locals try out some human-powered boats at last year’s Plumas Paddle Fest, presented by the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program of Feather River College....Read More...
Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014
Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted