Draining Lake Tahoe to Solve Drought

North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA — California Governor Jerry Brown and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed emergency State Senate bills last week to help ease water shortages due to the record-breaking droughts in their respective states.

The approved bills state that the Truckee River Dam (Lake Tahoe’s only outlet) will release nearly 10 times the normal water volume out of Lake Tahoe until the states’ reservoir waters return back to normal levels. Two-thirds of that Lake Tahoe water will funnel towards the Central Valley and Southern California and the rest will flow to Reno and Pyramid Lake in Nevada.

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California and Nevada have been hit the hardest of any states in this years drought. Nearly 40% of the state of Nevada is in extreme drought this summer and California has the nation’s worst drought with 76% of the state experiencing extreme drought. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this year. The shortage of potable water has been so severe that California is now investing in long-term solutions, such as desalination plants. A facility that is scheduled to be the largest in the Western hemisphere is now under construction in Southern California, and another desalination facility is under consideration in Orange County.

Governor Sandoval tried to reduce concerns about lowered water levels in Lake Tahoe.

“In autumn, winter, and spring, when it’s as cold as a witch’s tit in a brass brassière,” noted Governor Sandoval, “nobody will be out on the lake anyways.”  The Governor also noted that Lake Tahoe’s water levels are a renewable resource supplied each spring from the melting snow pack of 63 streams.

Governor Brown backed Governor Sandoval with statistics from The University of California, Davis.

“No need to worry about where we are today, in the short-term. Just try to wrap your head around some numbers,” announced Governor Brown.” Lake Tahoe has 39 trillion gallons of water. Thirty. Nine. Trillion. Gallons. That is enough water to supply everyone man, woman, and child in the United States with 75 gallons of water per day for five years. And we only need to tap into Tahoe until the state reservoir levels are back to normal, which we estimate to be four to twelve years from now.”

Jason Munkel competing in a 2009 Colorado kayaking event

Jason Munkel competing in a 2009 Colorado kayaking event

Initial reaction to the news by Tahoe locals ran the gamut of emotions. The Scooper asked chairlift operator and bartender Jason Munkel, of Tahoma, California for his opinion outside a Pythagorean Bogina concert in Crystal Bay, Nevada.

“Initially, I was super bummed that we were wasting all this water to keep the lawns green down in Bakersfield or wherever,” said a somewhat befuddled Mr. Munkel, “but I think we might see some of the best whitewater rapids ever on the Truckee River. I’m going kayaking with a couple of my buddies after Labor Day weekend, from Tahoe City all the way down to Pyramid Lake, and we will record it with the new GoPro® HERO3+ cameras. Look for us on YouTube, it’s gonna be sick.”

  • David

    How do they plan on getting the water from Lake Tahoe to Calif. Since the only place the Truckee goes is into Nevada. How are they going to get it over Donner Summit?

    • http://www.ncscooper.com Horace Georgeman

      Dutch engineered state-of-the-art water flume designed to empty into the Yuba River.

    • Will

      David this is satirical article. Don’t worry; they aren’t draining Tahoe.

      • Michele Lea

        It’s not satirical. Being discussed @ the capitol seriously.

  • TheDirtmover

    NO…. You guys have it all wrong! State of the art horizontal drilling.. It’s going on as we speak from an undisclosed facility just East by South East of Colfax. It’s been going on for some time now.
    ( Where do you think Hanson Bros. is getting rock from?) The operation actually is drilling up hill, and is scheduled to tap the bottom of the lake by July.

    • Will

      Are you able to share any sources of further info on the topic? I can’t find anything aside from this article (which is literally a joke).

      • TheDirtmover

        Sorry,, it’s top secret. But I can tell you it’s being funded by the pot farmers who need the water.
        Besides. Why should all the rich people who can afford to live on the lake hord all that water for their own personal benefit? The rich ECO LIB types need to “share the wealth”.

  • davyb

    this is complete BS