Dry years mean low flow in Bishop Creek

Snowfall in the Bishop Creek drainage has remained below normal in the last two years.

Snowfall in the Bishop Creek drainage has remained below normal in the last two years.

(Press Release)  TWO YEARS OF LOW PRECIPITATION MEAN LOW FLOWS TO BISHOP CREEK WATER ASSOCIATION MEMEBERS

The previous two consecutive years have produced very low snowpack levels in the Bishop Creek area watershed, with about 27% of normal in 2012 and 47% of normal in 2013. As a result, Bishop Creek flows are expected to be approximately one-half of normal during the fall and winter of 2013, and Bishop Creek Water Association (BCWA) members will have less water during this period.

The BCWA Watermaster, Mr. Miles Mallet, will work hard to apportion water fairly while meeting state-mandated minimum in-stream flow requirements. Please help the Watermaster and avoid independent adjustment of BCWA ditch flows. If you believe the flows in your ditch need adjustment, please call Mr. Mallet at (760) 920-8264.

The BCWA also reminds members that it is especially important to keep ditches free of leaves, debris, and ice during this fall and winter so the limited amount of water available will flow freely.

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BobK
BobK
8 years ago

Thanks for the info Benett, but, this still doesn’t answer the question why DWP ignored SCE on instream flows this spring when they knew at that time that the 2 year total runoff was so low. SCE requested the variance in April or May to lower flows. DWP refused to,at… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  BobK

Will Fish and Wildlife cite DWP?
BK

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I was told last Friday that DFW will not cite the DWP nor is there a plan or permission to rescue fish

Sharon
Sharon
8 years ago

Given that the Bishop Creek Water Association released the information, could you please provide any contact information for the board members? Our creeks and ponds are now completely dry and our fish (rainbows and browns) that have lived and reproduced in these creeks/ponds for generations have died off. I’ve spoken… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Sharon

The story does name the BCWA Water Master as Mr. Miles Mallet at (760) 920-8264. Give him a call. I have contacted DWP to find out more about their position.
Benett Kessler

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Sharon

Here is DWP’s response to concerns about ditches and ponds running too low. Public Information Officer Chris Plakos responded: “As you know the winter of 2012-2013 resulted in an end-of-season (April 1) snowpack of only 47% of normal, and the winter of 2011-2012 was just 27% of normal in the… Read more »

chris
chris
9 years ago

How much impact does the draining of Lake Sabrina this year, drawing down last year of South Lake (I think) have to do with the low flow of water in Bishop Creek? Neither is mentioned in this article. Surprising, as your articles are usually thorough and of a more investigative… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  chris

This is a press release from Bishop Creek Water Association intended to help Bishop residents understand the low water flow. Yes, as the release says, two drought years in a row, with the very low level in the lakes of the Bishop Creek watershed, have left the creek with little… Read more »