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Soup’s On to support the work of the Putah Creek Council

Davis Enterprise

Date: 1/12/2019 12:41:00 PM

Lake Berryessa was low and getting lower after years of drought and there were no plans to release more water into the creek. Meanwhile, urban and agricultural pumping had lowered the water table, so

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Gasser-Style 1967 Pontiac GTO Returns to its Day Two Attitude—and Altitude

Hot Rod

Date: 1/10/2019 2:30:00 PM

It was the summer of 1967. Fourteen-year-old Larry Porteous and his twin brother, Lee, along with the rest of their family, were towing the family boat from their home in Berkeley to Lake Berryessa in

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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Rebecca Yerger Memory Lane: Watery tales from mid-century Napa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 1/3/2019 11:58:00 AM

In 1954, supervisors had attempted to halt the planned creation of Lake Berryessa in eastern Napa County, but that effort was foiled by the federal government who countered that challenge with a

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It’s 2019, Time To Give Big Island Lagoon Back to the People!

Lake Berryessa News

Date: 1/3/2019 10:07:00 AM

This is the least Reclamation can do to help mitigate the significant damage they have done to the Lake Berryessa community, including the stalled revitalization process being negotiated with Napa Cou

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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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