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Major Benicia water pipeline damaged in quake repaired


Date: 1/29/2015 8:09:00 PM

The pipeline carries untreated Lake Berryessa water from the end of the Putah South Canal in Cordelia to the Benicia Water Treatment Plant. It was damaged by the South Napa earthquake in August, since its seismic epicenter was about 5 miles away from the

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Putah Creek: A Wild Trout Fishery Reborn

Daily Kos

Date: 1/28/2015 9:52:00 AM

Many of the fish would grow to become big, fat holdovers. The creek below Monticello Dam, the dam that forms Lake Berryessa, has constant temperatures of 50-55 degrees because the creek draws from the cold depths of the lake’s water, creating a classic

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Masters Swimmer Takes the Plunge

Date: 1/27/2015 7:19:00 PM

She started swimming in 1988 as way to get exercise, but once she competed in the annual Lake Berryessa swim, she was hooked on open water swimming. Since 2008, she has conquered a series of open water swims across the globe including: The Straights of

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Are we facing a fourth consecutive year of drought?

Napa Valley Register

Date: 1/27/2015 1:27:00 PM

Rector Dam was overflowing for a while, and Lake Hennessey is only about one foot from cresting the spillway. Lake Berryessa benefited as well, rising more than 8 feet since the start of December. However, it still has more than 30 feet to go until water

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New theory surfaces on identity of Zodiac Killer

6abc action news

Date: 1/25/2015 8:11:00 AM

He was never identified or caught, but now there's a new theory on who he is. In September of 1969, a masked man stabbed two people at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, killing one of them. Police would later confirm that this was a Zodiac killing

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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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