Lake Level as of 4/6/20 

Lake level has dropped to 432.37 feet, 7.63 feet below Glory Hole. The rainfall total for the season at Monticello Dam has reached 9.91 inches - the lowest total rainfall as of this date in more than ten years!

Water temperatures measured at Monticello dam have reached 58 to 60 degrees at the surface levels to 52 degrees at 40 to 70 feet deep and below.

Check real-time lake levels, water temperatures, and storage capacity at:


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Sunday, April 5: All Public and Private Facilities at 

Lake Berryessa Are Closed!

Napa County Shelter at Home Order (Download it here…)


Bureau of Reclamation Press Release

Public Facilities at Lake Berryessa Temporarily Closed


Media Contact: Mary Lee Knecht, 916-978-5100, mknecht@usbr.gov

For Release: April 04, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close public facilities at Lake Berryessa beginning April 5.

In compliance with the April 2 Napa County Health Officer order and a request received Friday afternoon from Chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, Diane Dillon, all public areas at Lake Berryessa will temporarily close until further notice.

Day-use, boat launching and restroom facilities will close effective April 5. The campgrounds and all overnight lodging will close by Monday, April 6. 

For information regarding any concession-operated facilities, please call or visit their websites at:

Markley Cove, 707-289-8068, www.markleycove.com

Pleasure Cove Marina, 707-966-9600, www.goberryessa.com

Steele Canyon Recreation Area, 800-709-7814, www.lakeberryessacampgrounds.com

Spanish Flat Recreation Area, 707-966-0200, www.spanishflatcamping.com

Putah Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9051


 April 1, 2020 - America's Favorite Holiday

Remember, if you read it in The Lake Berryessa News April 1 Special Edition it must be true?

St. Stupid’s Day and the Dumbing Down of America

Although April 1st is usually referred to as April Fools Day, the date has also become a holy day for some churches such as the Church of the Last Laugh in San Francisco. Each year on April 1 they sponsor a St. Stupid’s Day Parade, although it has been cancelled this year.

St. Stupid's Day P

St. Stupid is the patron saint of religion, politics, and the Internet. He and his followers are responsible for the dumbing down of America by the methodical destruction and purposeful elimination of the means by which a society educates and enlightens itself.

Historically there have always been stupid people, but the trend seems to be accelerating with attitude triumphing over substance in so many areas of modern culture – especially lately in politics and on various social media (another major source of blatant stupidity.)

Although April Fools Day celebrates sly wit and twisted humor, it also inadvertently highlights the serious lack of scientific and mathematical knowledge of the American public as well as a complete lack of the ability to think analytically on the part of many. Hopefully, Lake Berryessa News readers are not included in that illustrious group.


The latest issue of the Lake Berryessa News has been published and is available for download at:

LBNews Pg 8&1 Apr20a


University of Lake Berryessa Promotes Solutions to Climate Change,

Global Food Security, and Animal Cruelty Prevention

by Peter Kilkus

Sometimes problems are connected and complicated. But comprehensive solutions may be available to address multiple concerns. Such is the case with the above issues. The Department of Genetic Physics and the Berryessa

Underground Research Program in Action (BURPA) at the University of Lake Berryessa (ULB) are seeking to solve multiple problems with linked research projects. One major project described in this article involves the development of the meat grape, steak potato, chicken nugget bush, and braunschweiger avocado. Two other advanced genetic manipulation projects are the “Grass-Fed People” and the “REALLY Green people” initiatives described in the accompanying articles.

1 Red green meat grapes

Meat collage

 Cattle and other ruminants are significant producers of the greenhouse gas methane—contributing 37 percent of the methane emissions resulting from human activity. Worldwide, there are about 1.5 billion cattle. Cows’ methane emissions are an important reason for greenhouse effect. Also, cattle farming is increasing the deforestation of the tropical rain forests (Brazil has the second largest cattle population in the world), thus accelerating the global warming. Methane pollution causes one quarter of the global warming that we’re experiencing right now.

Methane emissions by type edited-1

When some people hear the word “methane,” they immediately think about cow farts. But in reality, cow burps are much more problematic: 90 to 95 percent of the methane released by cows comes out of their mouths, while 5 to 10 percent is released in the form of manure and flatulence.

Eighty years ago, Winston Churchill looked forward to the day when "we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." Churchill thought this would take only 50 years. We are still  not there, but today we will reach a milestone on the road to the future that Churchill envisaged: the first-plant based meat (PBM). This astonishing announcement and demonstration is scheduled to take place on April 1, 2020 at the University of Lake Berryessa Advanced Research Projects laboratory. The intent is to create products that can be easily grown, harvested and eaten to provide a solution to climate change, international food security, plant-based meat alternatives, and the elimination of the cruel conditions under which good animals are now grown and processed. The main beneficiaries of these products will be humans, cows, chickens, pigs and goats.

 Napa Valley - Lake Berryessa Connection

The meat grape industry will be a boon to the Napa Valley which has seen bulk grape prices drop because of a glut in production of wine grapes and world wide decrease in consumption of wine. Several of these new plant-based meat (PBM) were designed to grow well in the areas around Lake Berryessa and will contribute significantly to the revitalization of the Lake Berryessa community and economy.

In order to commercialize this new genetic breakthrough the DABURPA consortium has been formed between the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Berryessa Underground Research Program in Action (BURPA) to be designated DABURPA (with apologies to Chicago’s DABEARS superfans). DABURPA also includes the Lake Berryessa News,  UC Davis Agricultural Research Department, Loma Linda Foods, a leader in sustainable plant-based proteins, and the McDonald’s International Corporation. First round venture capital funding has been completed. Additional stock offerings will be made through the Lake Berryessa News Wealth Management Division.

There are important ethical reasons why we should replace animal meat with in vitro meat, if we can do it at reasonable cost. One is to reduce animal suffering. Another reason for replacing animal meat is environmental. Using meat from animals, especially ruminants, is heating the planet and contributing to a future in which hundreds of millions of people become climate refugees.

9 BILLION land animals are raised and killed on U.S. factory farms every year, including 8.8 billion chickens. 100 Animals Annually could be spared a painful life and death on a factory farm by each person who chooses to stop eating animal-based meat and eats plant-based meals (and future plant-based meat) instead.

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The Philosophical Quandary



Some vegetarians and vegans may object to plant-based meat, because they don't see the need for meat at all. That's fine for them, and of course they are free to remain vegetarians and vegans, and choose not to eat plant-based steak, chicken, pork  and other future plant-based meats (PBM). My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means toward reducing both human and animal suffering, and leaving a habitable planet to future generations. I have friends who have not eaten meat for 40 years and are unsure about this deep philosophical issue. But if Plant Based Meat becomes commercially available, I will be pleased to eat it. Turning Vegan could be a big missed steak.

 The Ice Cream Conundrum

People like ice cream. Ice cream comes from very cold cows. Cows need to produce baby cows to be able to provide milk and cream. Baby cows become big cows that continue to contribute to climate change. Milk substitutes that taste like real milk and cream are needed to close this climate-affecting loophole.

Real milk’s ingredient list is short and sweet: milk and vitamins A and D. If it’s not in milk then it’s because nature left it out. However, some available plant-based alternative options have more than 10 ingredients, including added salt and sugar, stabilizers and emulsifiers like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin and gellan gum. Creating a plant that can produce real cow-type milk is a major goal of ULB research. So far genetically manipulated variations of milk weed and milk thistle have proven unsuccessful.


Employment Opportunity at the University of Lake Berryessa



Becoming REALLY Green to Help Our Planet

Chlorophyll skin to help solve climate crisis

by Peter Kilkus           

Peter green

Environmentalists are always preaching becoming more GREEN to help save the planet. Once again University of Lake Berryessa scientists are taking the lead in revolutionary research to make this happen, literally. Genetic modification of human skin to add chlorophyll to its outer layer has been successfully accomplished. It will be announced, along with several other groundbreaking research projects on April 1, 2020 at ULB’s laboratories on Big Island at Lake Berryessa.

Human chlorophyll skin would use sunlight or artificial light directly to produce sugars that help energize people’s bodies while creating oxygen for themselves and other life forms on the planet. Plants make food in their leaves. The leaves contain a pigment called chlorophyll, which colors the leaves green. Chlorophyll can make food the plant can use from carbon dioxide, water, nutrients, and energy from sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis literally means “making things with light.”

Green people collage

Plants use sunlight, water, and the gases in the air to make glucose. The whole process of photosynthesis is a transfer of energy from the Sun to a plant. In each sugar molecule created, there is a little bit of the energy from the Sun, which the plant can either use or store for later. The basic structure of woody plants is primarily the long-chain sugar cellulose. There’s a lot of potential energy packed into plant fiber. (See accompanying article: Grass-Fed People to Replace Grass-Fed Beef)

Several human volunteers have already been turned green through a proprietary gene modification process. The only minor problem so far has been a rapid weight gain for subjects who spend too much time in the sun, on a beach or boat, for example. Steps might need to be taken to prevent our beaches from hosting healthy tan to being overrun with fat green people. (See recent photo below from a beach in Cancun.)

Melia green people Peter

Melia Vacation Club in Cancun


Triploid Trout Getting Bigger and Smarter in Lake Berryessa

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) stocked the first 3,400 pounds (6,800 fish) of catchable “triploid” rainbow trout in Lake Berryesss on February 15, 2011. I wrote an article regarding triploid trout in the Lake Berryessa News in 2011.  I was reminded of that when awhile ago when I heard that anglers had been coming in with 5 pound rainbow trout!

In order to protect the genetic integrity of the native steelhead, only the sterile triploids are allowed to be stocked in Lake Berryessa. With no ability to reproduce, triploids focus all of their energy on eating and growing large - sometimes to exaggerated proportions. But the largest of them, 20 pounds and above, are found in the lakes of Washington and Idaho.

Triploid and man

Although some folks described them as “frankenfish” the triploid  trout are normal rainbows, not genetically-engineered. They have been raised to be sterile but look, fight, and taste just the same. Ten years ago I speculated that we wouldn’t know the result for several years. How many really big ones now live in Lake Berryessa is unknown, as is how large they may finally get. But one thing the scientists at the University of Lake Berryessa did not anticipate was that the trout would get smarter as they got bigger. They apparently have now gotten so smart - especially when they form schools - that they act in a concerted effort to protect themselves from anglers.

There have been some unconfirmed reports of fishing boats being pummeled from below by these schools of 20 pound trout, some smaller boats almost capsizing. They seem to have learned to school in certain coves. 

Fishing has always been one of the main attractions of Lake Berryessa, but now, if the added hint of the danger of being attacked out on the water by schools of huge, aggressive trout, the surface of Lake Berryessa may take on the thrill of big game hunting on the African veldt

Men boat fish attack


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Grass-Fed People to Replace Grass-Fed Beef

by Peter Kilkus           

University of Lake Berryessa scientists are developing a bacteria that can live in the human gut and produce a form of “cellulase” which can digest cellulose by breaking it down into "simple sugars". Hay and grasses are particularly abundant in cellulose, and both are indigestible by humans. 

Celluloses are not naturally good human food since the long chains that contain the basic energy building blocks are difficult to break down into the smaller chain sugars (carbohydrates) which can unlock that energy. Humans lack the enzyme necessary to digest cellulose. Un-digestible cellulose is the “fiber” which aids in the smooth working of the human intestinal tract. 

One cellulose molecule normally consists of a few hundreds to thousands of glucose molecules. Glucose molecules are the building blocks of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates serve as a major energy source for living things and originate chiefly as products of photosynthesis. Glucose molecules chain together to form other sugars such as cellulose and our normal sugar, sucrose. Sucrose is actually two simpler sugars stuck together: fructose and glucose. 

If humans are able to eat grass rather than feed the grass to cows and then eat the cows, eliminating the cows would reduce a major source of methane - a greenhouse gas more potent than methane.

Cow man grass mouth

Testing on volunteer human subjects is proceeding successfully. The biggest problem with eating grass and wood is the flavor. Unique new seasonings and recipes will be needed. If humans can be modified to digest cellulose a whole new range of food possibilities open up creating a base of international food security. 

The downside is that poor and starving people would be able to eat their trees, bushes, and houses, causing another potential problem.


Lake Berryessa L.L.C. Sponsors First Speed Dating Party

The Lake Berryessa Lovely Ladies Club kicks off its first event on April 1 at the Turtle Rock. The event is meant to bring together Lovely Ladies Club members and adventurous men from the area to possibly spark some mutual interest in further social interaction. Men between 18 and 65 preferred. Motorcycle clubs welcome. First two drinks free to all male attendees.    

-Lovely Ladies Club


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 MPA Approved!

The Napa Board of Supervisors unanimously approved (12:15 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2020) the Managing Partner Agreement (MPA) with the Bureau of Reclamation. It has been signed by Diane Dillon, Chair of the Board of Supervisors and Ernest Conant, Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation.


MPA 2020 Cover


Lake Berryessa Participant
Lake Berryessa Volunteer Flyer



Exquisite Marble Sailboat For Sail

It may not float on Lake Berryessa, but it can sail beautifully across your living room.

Don's marble sailboat ad


More Opportunities to Live at the Lake

Lucky to Live at the Lake


One of a kind Lake VIEW home with in law unit!




Contemporary Farmhouse on over 5 Acres with room to grow!




Custom Lake View Home with in ground pool!




Used Motor Oil Recycling

Those of us who live in the country often do our own oil changes on our trucks, cars, dirt bikes, ATVs, boats, and jet skis. Definitely recycle your used oil. For the south lake area there is an oil recycling center at the Steel Canyon Road transfer station within minutes of the Berryessa Highlands.

Napa County Motor Oil Recycling ad Mar2020


Policy and Politics Betray the People: 

The Lake Berryessa Saga: 1958 - 2020

 (Introduction from my new book “in progress”, "Policy and Politics Betray the People: The Lake Berryessa Saga: 1958 - 2020”)

The Four Tragedies of the Berryessa Valley: A History of Heartbreak

As I stood with Brian Hackney of KPIX’s Eye on the Bay looking out at the fantastic view of Lake Berryessa from the site of the demolished Steele Park Resort’s Boathouse Restaurant (https://youtu.be/nP9K8Ai0Lkc), I was struck by the many levels of history we were witness to. And much of that history, unfortunately, was filled with heartbreak.

The First Tragedy: The Destruction of Native American Culture

Formerly known as Talahalusi (Beautiful Land), the Napa Valley is one of California's longest inhabited areas. Archaeological surveys indicate 10,000 years of uninterrupted habitation. "It was a paradise - a cultivated paradise where one only had to reach out their hand to eat. A place rich in beauty, water and food," stated the oral history of Native American Elder Jim Big Bear King.

Native Americans lived peacefully in pole houses, using clamshell beads and magnesite cylinders for money and jewelry. They processed obsidian into shafts, spears and arrowheads, which were used for hunting and export. Acorns, perennial grasses, wild berries, freshwater shellfish, salmon, fowl and game were their diet. These hunter-gatherers lived in a rich environment with a capacity for a dense, socially complex population of 35,000-40,000 people. They established large permanent villages with nearby seasonal resource and task-specific camps.

In 1976 an archaeological survey of lands slated for development for recreational purposes (Oak Shores) resulted in the discovery of a number of prehistoric artifacts along the shoreline of Lake Berryessa. Although the study area (Oakshores Park) is contiguous to Lake Berryessa and appears (at the present time) to be a favorable place for human occupance, prior to the construction of Monticello Dam it was a considerable distance from the principal stream draining the area (Putah Creek).

Spain claimed the land that included California in about 1530.  It stayed in Spanish hands until Mexican independence in 1821 when it became part of Mexico—Alta California as it was called by the Mexicans to distinguish it from Baja California.

After the Spanish and Mexican invasion in 1823, the tribes were nearly decimated by forced marches and smallpox. When forced to relocate to various missions for religious indoctrination, many fled to friendlier territory.

The Second Tragedy: The Destruction of Spanish Culture

Alta California stayed in Mexican hands until an infamous incident in 1846.  John C. Fremont led a group of American adventurers and earlier American immigrants in an uprising to try and free Alta California from Mexican hands.  On 14 June 1846 Fremont and company declared California to be an independent state:  the Bear Flag Republic. What so stains the Bear Flag Republic is the killing by some of Fremont’s men, lead by the famous Kit Carson, of three innocent Mexicans—Jose de los Reyes Berryessa and two of his nephews.

This “republic” only lasted until 7 July 1846.  The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American war and ceded northern Mexico to the U.S.  California, then, became a territory of the U.S.  In 1850 California was admitted to the Union as a state and stayed in the Union during the Civil War.

What, though, of the people of Alta California?  Who were they, where did they come from, and how did they change over time?  Particularly what of the people of Berryessa Valley?

The first people known to reside in the valley were American Indians from the Southern Wintun tribe.  Up until about 1800 members of the Southern Wintun tribe lived in a village in Berryessa Valley named Topai.  Their main diet was acorns which normally grew abundantly.  Unfortunately, no members of the Southern Wintun tribe survive. 

The next known inhabitants of the valley were two Mexican brothers, the Berryessas (Berryessa is a corruption of their actual name—Berelleza).  The Berryessa brothers, Sisto and Jose, received the valley as part of a land grant to them in 1843 from the newly independent Mexican government.  When California became a state in 1850 the Berryessas petitioned to have their land grant recognized by the United States government.

However, by the time Lincoln finalized the Berryessa brothers’ right to the land almost none of the land was still in Berryessa hands.  The Berryessas had sold the vast majority of the land in order to cover their plentiful debts, particularly gambling debts.  It seems that Sisto and Jose were overly fond of Three Card Monte and horse racing.  In 1879, the last Berryessa homesteader, Nicholosa Higuera, wife of Sisto Berryessa, died.  Her husband died the year before in 1878.  Both were buried in the valley.  Sisto’s body, unlike that of many of the other homesteaders, was not recovered when the cemetery in Monticello was relocated to Spanish Flat.  Sisto lies beneath the waters of Lake Berryessa even today.

The Third Tragedy: The Destruction of Rural Culture

The town of Monticello was born the next year, 1867, when B.F. Davis built a blacksmith shop.  It became the center of a prosperous agricultural community and was located somewhat in the middle of the valley, along Putah Creek.  The valley itself was flat and fertile and was considered to have some of the best soil in the country.

Monticello was always a fairly small town, usually two to three hundred residents.  The town at different times had a hotel, a school, two gas pumps, a general store, a community hall, and a bar (a roadside spot called “The Hub”).  McKenzie and Sons store (originally McKenzie and Cook) was a center point for much of the activity in the town.  Albert McKenzie, who ran the store for many years, was the grocery clerk, postmaster, community telephone switchboard operator, notary public, crop insurance man as well as the person to go to for free farming and income tax advice.  He was a man who wore many hats.  Monticello became a popular venue for rodeos, baseball games, and “cow roasts” drawing people from miles around. 

The town enjoyed the distinction of being the first community in the state to have a telephone system installed (around 1905).  In 1896 the famous Monticello Bridge over Putah Creek, was built.  It was considered the grandest stone masonry bridge ever built in California, consisting of three 70 foot spans.  Some claim it was the largest stone bridge in the Western United States.  The Bridge is the only thing that remains of Monticello beneath the waters of Lake Berryessa—everything else was either burnt to the ground or carted off. 

Monticello store demolished
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Burning house again

The Solano County Irrigation District was formed in 1948 to obtain irrigation water from a proposed multiple-purpose Solano Project and included the damming of Berryessa Valley at Devil’s Gate.  Shortly thereafter Bureau of Reclamation included the Solano Project as part of its plan to develop water resources in the Central Valley Basin of California.

In 1953 construction began on Monticello Dam.  The rest of the Solano Project includes a diversion dam on lower Putah Creek (creating Lake Solano) and an open waterway stretching 33 miles named the Putah South Canal.

By 1956 all the trees, homes, barns, and other structures were dismantled, burned, or removed from the valley in preparation for its inundation.  Because the land was condemned, compensation for people’s property was minimal. 

The Dam was completed in 1957 and the former valley, now a reservoir, filled within two years leaving no clues that Monticello and Berryessa Valley were once populated.

The Fourth Tragedy: Destruction of  Lake Berryessa Family Recreation

The Bureau of Reclamation and their supporters destroyed family recreation at Lake Berryessa for a generation of families, children, and friends. Many people ask me about the history of the process that led to the present situation at Lake Berryessa. When I explain what happened most become incredulous and can't believe the government could have done something so stupid. "How could they have gotten away with that?" they exclaim.

Steele Park Restaurant from lake

The goal of my new  book is to provide the history and the context within which such an incredibly destructive course of action took place. The book is dedicated to documenting this final tragedy - and, hopefully, the promised revitalization.


New Book on Amazon

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Amazon Kindle - $2.99

I've just released my new book: Conspiracy Theory or Automatic Pilot: The Economic Roots of Environmental Destruction. Available on Amazon in Kindle (above) or Paperback (below).

Classical economics is a mythology. Predatory capitalism is a fundamentalist religion based on this mythology. Environmental destruction and income inequality are results of the practice of this mythical religion. But is the present economic and environmental situation a conscious conspiracy or an unintended consequence of simplistic beliefs supported by basic human greed?

Serfs Up for book

This book provides the basics of classical economic theory and the description of the intended or unintended consequences of predatory capitalism based on this theory. It contrasts these to sustainability principles underpinning modern environmental economic theory and the various movement towards corporate responsibility.

Fishing Financial System

The book is not meant to be an academic or scientific exercise for economists or policy makers. The concepts discussed are easily accessible to thoughtful readers. My objective was to explain to myself the structure of economic influence that is at the heart of environmental degradation (including the welfare of individual human beings). Understanding is the foundation of action.

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Amazon Paperback - $7.99


Lake Berryessa issues - 1971

In my research of the history of Lake Berryessa I came upon this interesting publication from 1971 documenting the situation at the lake. It mirrors the same controversy that occurred in the early 2000s. There were people spreading falsehoods about the lake’s water quality then as there were in 2001 and later. 

Lake Berryessa is and always was the cleanest lake in northern California. The mobile homes never caused any pollution of the lake. This statement is not an opinion - it is supported by all the relevant facts and data. At that time the National Park Service was pushing a plan to develop Lake Berryessa to serve 8 million visitors per year at more than 12 public sites all around the lake.    

Download the full four page bulletin here...


Concession Areas

Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Putah Canyon, and Spanish Flat offer a variety of recreation services, including boat launch ramps, and are great alternatives to Oak Shores and Capell Cove. For information regarding services offered at concession-operated facilities, please call or visit their websites:

Markley Cove- 707-966-2134, www.markleycove.com
Pleasure Cove Marina- 707-966-9600, www.goberryessa.com
Steele Canyon Recreation Area- 707-966-9179, www.goberryessa.com/campground-at-steele-canyon
Spanish Flat Recreation Area- 707-966-0200, www.spanishflatcamping.com
Putah Canyon Recreation Area- 707-966-9051, 

For more information, call the Lake Berryessa Administration office at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 or visit the website at:  http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html    


See my detailed report on how Lake Berryessa and Monticello Dam function at:



Special Release: New combined report for those who want to know almost everything about how Lake Berryessa works!

As Lake Berryessa Flows:

A Combination of Science, Engineering, and Natural Beauty

by Peter Kilkus

The Science and Engineering Elements of a Major Natural Resource

Download Full Report PDF Here...


Welcome to the best map of Lake Berryessa you’ll ever find!

Click on the map to see a larger version.

Click here to download a pdf copy.

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Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills: The Video History

This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.



Full lake level history 2015
Lake Levels 2006 to 031217 edited-1
Lake Levels 1990 2017



Berryessa Valley and the Town of Monticello Historical Photos and Videos from before Lake Berryessa covered it.

Berryessa Valley photo

Thanks to Carol Fitzpatrick for creating the Berryessa Valley Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center described in the first video.



Policy and Politics Betray the People 

The Lake Berryessa Saga: 1958 - 2020 (draft)

by Peter Kilkus

(Click to Download the PDF here)


Lake Berryessa Project Primary Document Index

Table Of Contents


Here's an interview I did in 2010, three years after the interview below with Pat Monaghan and just after Pensus had been given the contract for 5 resorts. As we all know Pensus was subsequently kicked out in 2012.        

Here's a 2007 TV interview with Pat Monaghan, cofounder of Task Force 7 at Lake Berryessa, to give you some historical insight. Those of you who remember Pete Lucero will recognize his description of what we called "The Big Lie" - which turned into the "Epic Fail".

How It All Began: The Origins of the “Big Lie”

Lake Berryessa History Timeline: 1958 - 2018

Click here for PDF version

Lake Berryessa News (2010 - 2018): A VERY SLOW MOTION Disaster! 

Click here for PDF version


Some Interesting Past Stories

Bird Goes Over the Glory Hole Waterfall Without A Barrel

Glory Hole: Awesome, Frightening, But Dangerous?

February 2019: 2nd Anniversary of Glory Hole Spilling

My First Fishing Trip on Lake Berryessa

Berryesa Oil Rush 1900 & 1920

Analysis of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument - the Dumbest National Monument in the United States

Rattlesnakes: Friend or Enemy – or just a primal fear?


Special Publications (PDF)

As Lake Berryessa Flows:

The Science and Engineering Elements of a Major Natural Resource (Combined Reports)

Combined Report Title Page and Index


As Lake Berryessa Flows: 

A Combination of Science, Engineering, and Natural Beauty 

(Single Report)


As Lake Berryessa Turns!

Temperature and Fishing in a Warm, Monomictic Lake 

(Single Report)  


Seeing Underwater at Lake Berryessa 

(Single Report)


Silly Septic System Standards Harm Rural Napa


The History of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument: The Ultimate Political Perversion of the Antiquities Act

By Peter Kilkus (6/20/17)

The Twisted Ten-Year Political Path From a Modest Nature Area Partnership to a Local Blue Ridge Berryessa National Conservation Area to a Large Disjointed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area to an Incoherent Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Is it the “Dumbest National Monument in the United States”? An objective review of the process by which it was created and the final formal designation suggests the answer is YES. I personally support the creation of legitimate national monuments, but this is not that. Being part of the ten year political process that led to its creation convinced me that in many situations the Antiquities Act is being abused. The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is a perfect case study of this abuse. 

Read the full report here.


Chef Neiman Marxist French

The Amazing Foods of Chef Neiman Marxist


Winters Express logo

The Winters Express


Glory Hole Overflows: February, 2017 (ACDC version)

Bird Down Glory Hole (video)

ACDC Intros mix


Triploid Trout


Hot Tramp 1000 Video

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