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Woodland council urges protection for Berryessa national monument

Woodland Daily Democrat

Date: 6/22/2017 6:33:00 AM

It was established through the proclamation of former President Barack Obama about three years ago and can be accessed locally by traveling through Winters and other areas surrounding Lake Berryessa. Republicans in Congress have sought to rein in a 110

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PG&E electricity use poised to break record as Bay Area heat peaks

San Francisco Gate

Date: 6/20/2017 8:26:00 PM

It will be more miserable in the north bay, where temperatures at Lake Berryessa and Cloverdale will flirt with 110. “The farther you get inland, the more likely you are to approach that 110 degrees,” Matt Mehle, a meteorologist with the National

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Napa County still weighing Berryessa resorts decision

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/20/2017 4:47:00 PM

Napa County after a year of research remains interested in managing the Lake Berryessa resort renovation effort, but wants a little more information before taking the plunge. A key piece of information could be known by the end of the month. The county

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Masters swimmers at senior games, in national, international waters

Union Democrat

Date: 6/20/2017 12:29:00 PM

Local Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers raced in two recent open water swims in the Gulf of Mexico near Cancun and at Lake Berryessa in northern California. El Cruce 10K swim Rather than sitting on the beautiful Mexican beaches of Cancun and

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Masters swimmers at senior games, in national, international waters

Union Democrat

Date: 6/20/2017 12:29:00 PM

Local Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers raced in two recent open water swims in the Gulf of Mexico near Cancun and at Lake Berryessa in northern California. El Cruce 10K swim Rather than sitting on the beautiful Mexican beaches of Cancun and

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• Surface Area: 17,000 Acres
Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lake was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley, José Jesús and Sexto "Sisto" Berrelleza (a Basque surname, Anglicized to Berreyesa then later respelled Berryessa), who were granted Rancho Las Putas in 1843.

Prior to its inundation, the valley was an agricultural region, whose soils were considered among the finest in the country. The main town in the valley, Monticello, was abandoned in order to construct the reservoir. This abandonment was chronicled by the photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones in their book Death of a Valley. Construction of Monticello Dam was begun in 1953,[3] completed in 1958, and the reservoir filled by 1963, creating what at the time was the second-largest reservoir in California after Shasta Lake. The Monticello Dam with Lake Berryessa, Putah Diversion Dam with Lake Solano, and associated water distribution systems and lands are known collectively as the Solano Project, which is distinct from other federal water projects in California such as the Central Valley Project.

The lake has been heavily used for recreational purposes and encompases over 20,000 acres when full. The reservoir is approximately 15.5 miles long, but only 3 miles wide. It has approximately 165 miles of shoreline. It has a seaplane landing area that is open to the public. One of the larger islands supported a small plane landing area, but was closed in the early 1970s after the FAA issued a safety report.

Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The diameter of the pipe then shrinks down to about 28 ft. The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs.

The lake was the site of one of the infamous Zodiac murders on September 27, 1969.
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