It’s a fairly small news piece. It hasn’t been covered all that much. Castaic Lake is closed for swimmers due to the drought. The water levels are so low it isn’t safe for people to swim. In fact, officials warn, while other water use is currently available that could change. We’re told to call ahead before we plan an outing because we might be unable to fish, boat or water ski.
It makes one wonder. How many other things are closed, canceled or endangered because of the drought? After some research, there are quite a few things that are banned, closed or canceled.
Lake Mead: The lake is shrinking rapidly. Boat launches and marinas are already beginning to dry up. There is an idea that draining Lake Powell will remedy the situation. It must be pointed out that this isn’t just to provide tourist dollars. Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water supply. It is also part of the power grid.
Ruth Lake: It isn’t one of the big name lakes, but it is home to a lot of events. Right now, boating is a problem. If you need to use a ramp, you’re going to be out of luck. All of the ramps are high and dry. At the moment, other water activities are still available according to the rules, but as with Castaic, call ahead to make sure that this is still true.
Coastal Rivers and Creeks: From Meteo County to Big Sur there is a ban on fishing. In January and February of 2014, water levels were so low that there were sand bars across the mouths of some of the rivers and creeks. Coho and Steelhead were at the mouths of these rivers. The ban has not yet been lifted.
Kings River Bluegrass Festival: The festival has been canceled for 2014. Even though it takes place in September, it is unlikely that there will be enough rain to relieve the drought emergency. Wells in that are beginning to run dry, and some of these are very deep wells.
These aren’t likely to be the only closures, cancellations and bans. Even the coming of El Nino may not be enough to renew our water supply. This will be a long, hot summer. If you plan to go somewhere, call ahead…even if it doesn’t involve a lake or river. The well may very well have run dry.