Lake Kaweah closed
As of Thursday, March 26, all facilities at Lake Kaweah, including recreation areas, parking lots, the marina, boat ramps, and campgrounds will be closed until further notice. Last Sunday’s huge turnout at the Slick Rock and Cobble Knoll public areas convinced Lake Kaweah managers that something had to be done for the safety of employees and visitors.
Phil Deffenbaugh, general manager at Lake Kaweah, said the indefinite closure will not inhibit Lake Kaweah staff from their USACE mission priority — flood control and water delivery.
Not withstanding the closure that will have lots of users disappointed, Deffenbaugh said there is also good news to report.
“The storms of the past week have added some significant snow in the high country so seasonal projections for the Kaweah drainage are much improved,” Deffenbaugh said. “We come close to filling the basin nearly every year and 2020 should be no exception.”
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Grocery Outlet in Three Rivers?
The prospect of another grocery store in Three Rivers is only in the conceptual phase, but Mike McCoy, owner of the property to adjacent to Three Rivers Mercantile, has been searching for the perfect fit for the 2.7-acre parcel ever since he opened the Do it Best affiliate hardware store nearly two decades ago.
McCoy, who has already developed and operated successful businesses, said adding a Grocery Outlet to Three Rivers might be a viable option. He has been approached by Dollar General on several occasions but he does not see that retailer as a good fit for Three Rivers.
McCoy is a meticulous business researcher and in this initial phase of research wants to ensure his development adds something to the community that locals will support. Part of that research includes input from locals — his customer base — to develop this study into a realistic and appropriate design.
Leave a comment to weigh in on McCoy’s latest venture. He wants to know and values the community’s opinions.
March miracle easing water woes
Not sure if the past week qualifies as a bonafide miracle, but when it comes to precipitation this year, any news is good news. The storms of the past 10 days have added three more inches to local collection stations in Three Rivers.
Total rainfall year-to-date at the 1,000-foot elevation level is 9 inches, nearly double the total before March 15, 2020.
One year ago (2019), the total was 18 inches, double the amount in the current rainfall season.
April 1 snow totals will be available soon. That data will tell the seasonal water content tale up and down the Sierra Nevada region.
At Lake Kaweah, dam tenders are in a holding pattern so the level in the basin will gradually rise. As of Thursday, March 26:
Total storage— 38,386 acre feet (21% full)
Elevation— 622.98 feet
Inflow— 379 cubic feet per second
Outflow— 29 cfs