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Summer At Lake Berryessa, The Perfect Lake:

High Water Level, Warm Water, Miles of Shoreline, Boating, Fishing, Camping, Hiking, Swimming, Birding, Relaxing

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The Latest Issue Of The Lake Berryessa News, August 2019, Has Been Published And Is Available to Download. Click on image below.

LBNews Pg 8&1 Aug19

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Bureaucracy Strikes - And Gets It Wrong Again!

For several months the Lake Berryessa News has been proposing that Big Island Lagoon be returned to a 5 MPH rather than a "non-motorized, electric trolling motors only" designation.

www.lakeberryessanews.com/summer-2019-at-lake-berryes.html

We backed up that proposal with a detailed analysis that showed Reclamation had not followed its own conclusions in the 2006 Record of Decision; that a 5 MPH zone posed no danger to kayakers; and that there was very little use of that zone by kayakers and canoeists during the last 10+ years.

"Exclusive use" has been delegated by Reclamation to a few dozen kayakers when tens of thousands of family recreationists have been denied access to a quiet 5 MPH zone.

Reclamation's new Regional Director, Ernest Conant, replied in the letter below. The letter shows what happens when you don't know what you're talking about, don't read the proposal's analytical points, or delegate the response to some staffer  who also doesn't know what they're talking about.

More than two-thirds of the letter is made up of irrelevant historical boilerplate that was not in dispute. They mis-characterize the WALROS policy. The word "non-motorized" appears only once in the 167 page document - in a survey form.  A version off the word "kayak" appears only five times - none related to "non-motorized". The 2006 ROD directed WALROS be put into use at Lake Berryessa by Reclamation when it was approved - which was 2009.

 Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (WALROS) Manual

The substance of our actual proposal is not addressed. He overemphasizes the public input. I've read almost all the public comments in the FEIS and other documents. I don't recall any particular demands for non-motorized zones.

But the most telling point is that whoever wrote the letter actually got the location of our concern wrong! We are talking about Big Island Lagoon. They incorrectly refer to Steele Canyon Cove (at present a 5 MPH zone) as the non-motorized zone with signs. See Paragraph 2 - emphasis added. Read it and weep.

Another sad product of the Burro of Wrecklamation and its bureaucratic hamster wheel for public participation.

However! A deep-thinking readers has pointed out that the letter actually confirms that Big Island Lagoon is actually open since the Regional Director just  confirmed:

At this time, only one non-motorized zone has been signed as such and enforced; Steele Canyon Cove.

They just need to move the "non-motorized” buoys over from Big Island Lagoon to Steele Canyon Cove! Yipee!

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From Ernest A. Conant, Regional Director

Dear Mr. Kilkus,

Thank you for your letter dated May 19, 2019. You expressed concerns regarding the Bureau of Reclamation's non-motorized zones between Oak Shores and Big Island, and Steele Canyon Cove.  You desire to return these areas to a 5-mph motorized status.

At this time, only one non-motorized zone has been signed as such and enforced; Steele Canyon Cove. (Not)

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS-2006) is a NEPA document that addresses recreation management actions on all Reclamation property at Lake Berryessa including the non-motorized zone.

In October of 2003, a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which included four broad alternatives (A through D) was published for public review and comment; afterward, there were two separate comment periods that lasted for seven months combined. During those seven months, Reclamation received over 3,400 written comments. Additionally, extensive feedback was received from more than 100 public meetings and briefings. In November 2005, Reclamation released the final EIS identifying Alternative B as the Preferred Alternative.

Alternative B included adoption of the planning tool known as the Water Recreation Opportunity Spectrum or WROS, that is now known as the Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (WALROS)...

Following release of the final EIS, Reclamation conducted additional public outreach to provide members of the public a final opportunity to submit any new or clarifying information prior to deliberations on the Visitor Service Plan Record of Decision (VSP ROD). The process took almost five months to complete, included more than 1,200 participants at 12 different public meetings and individual briefings, and resulted in substantive modifications to the Preferred Alternative.

Information received from this public outreach included a diverse and varying spectrum of opinions and desires for different types of recreation at Lake Berryessa, inclusive of non-motorized activities.  Specifically, Alternative B was modified by the VSP ROD to include elements of Alternatives A, C, and D. The VSP ROD also carried forward the recreation-related provisions from the Reservoir Area Management Plan (RAMP). Based on feedback from the public, the WROS was not adopted within the VSP ROD.

The "Water Surface Zoning and Restrictions" of the 1992 RAMP ROD  were carried forward on an interim basis pending future adoption of the WROS or other land and water use classification system. To date, WALROS continues to be one of many planning tools Reclamation may reference for recreation planning. The WALROS overarching goal is to conserve a spectrum of high-quality and diverse water and land recreation opportunities. One type of water uses within the recreation spectrum found within the WALROS is non-motorized  boating activity. As recently as June 2019, Reclamation continues to receive comment on preserving motor-free areas on the waters of Lake Berryessa.

Reclamation, in coordination and cooperation with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department, will continue to manage the waters for public safety and resource protection in compliance with the RAMP ROD. Designating specific areas for non-motorized water-based activities is an appropriate use of the resource to provide the recreating public diverse opportunities, and Reclamation does not intend to eliminate these areas from those available at Lake Berryessa. As work on a partnership with Napa County progresses, the potential for a Managing Partner Agreement (MPA) may provide an opportunity to change the current restrictions.

Thank you for your feedback and if you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact Mr. Drew F. Lessard, Area Manager, at (916) 537-7100 or dlessard@usbr.gov.

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Those arguing for the continued closure of Big Island Lagoon suffer from two common logical fallacies: False Equivalence and False Balance.

False Equivalence is an argument or claim in which two completely opposing arguments appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not. The confusion is often due to one shared characteristic between two or more items of comparison in the argument that is way off in the order of magnitude, oversimplified, or just that important additional factors have been ignored. In this case the false equivalence argument proposes that the needs of a dozen kayakers is equivalent to the needs of tens of thousands of family boaters.

False Balance, also bothsidesism, is a bias in which analysts present an issue as being more balanced between opposing viewpoints than the evidence supports. Journalists may present evidence and arguments out of proportion to the actual evidence for each side, or may omit information that would establish one side's claims as baseless. In this case the argument proposes that “sharing” means that each group gets half of something even though one group is made up of a dozen kayakers while the other affected group consists of thousands of family boaters.

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Government fails because it suffers no consequences for failure.

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Lake Berryessa Begins Fee Program To Improve Facilities

Reclamation day use and boat launching fee changes at Lake Berryessa will go towards helping improve Lake Berryessa's local facilities, provide increased visitor services, and protect natural resources.

Lake Berryessa fees effective Aug. 12, 2019:

  • Oak Shores Day Use Areas: $5 per vehicle ($50 annual fee)
  • Capell Cove boat launch: $10 per launch ($100 annual fee
  • Shade shelter: $25 per shelter

America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes will be accepted with the following pass options:

  • All interagency Senior and Access Passes will be accepted for 50% off day use and discounted boat launching fees.
  • The Federal Interagency Annual Pass will cover the day use fees.
  • Annual Pass ($80.00 - anyone 16 years and older can purchase)
  • Lifetime Senior Pass ($80.00 - valid for the lifetime of the pass owner; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident)
  • Annual Senior Pass ($20 - valid for one year from month of purchase; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident)
  • Access Pass (free for lifetime with documentation of permanent disability, U.S. citizens and permanent residents)
  • Volunteer Pass (earned with 250+ hours of volunteer service in public lands)

Obtain passes at the Lake Berryessa Administration office, call for more information at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 (TTY 800-877-8339). Reserve shade shelters through the Recreation One Stop at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

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Col. Douglas Arnott Patterson (ret.) 

Born October 6, 1942 in Oakland, CA, Died June 24, 2019 in Napa, CA) 

(Doug Patterson was a friend and supporter of the Lake Berryessa News. He wrote several stories for us. I reprinted one from several years ago in the latest edition with a photo. It was with shock that we heard of his death.)

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Douglas Patterson, 76, of Napa, CA, passed quickly on the night of June 24, after a brief battle with a recurring cancer. The cancer first appeared 21 years ago and had been kept at bay with various complex procedures, about which Doug liked to proudly say: "I'm in the medical textbooks now!" 

That spirit of humor, courage and enthusiasm for all things was a hallmark of the man known in the Air Force during his distinguished 23-year career there as "The Boy Colonel" or "The Kid". In the Vietnam War, he flew over 350 combat sorties and was awarded the Bronze Star. He served as an aide-de-camp to the record-breaking test pilot, "Speedy" Pete Everest. His Pentagon tours included a groundbreaking study on incorporating women into the Air Force. 

Doug's passions over the years included (but were not limited to): his collections of natural and anthropological wonders such as agates, arrowheads, stamps and coins, comics, wine labels, Indian baskets; vintage cars; pre-Columbian archaeology; history; wine; chemistry . . . He graduated in 1965 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from his beloved alma mater, the University of California Berkeley, and later received an MBA from S. Illinois University. 

He loved the adventure of travel and would share stories from his excursions to the Silk Road in Afghanistan, Machu Picchu in Peru, the plains of Africa or the beaches of Cyprus, and recently finally made the voyage to Easter Island, a lifelong dream (bringing home some fine Chilean wine as a bonus). 

A direct descendant of pioneer Napa Valley settlers Anton & Caterina Nichelini, Doug spent his last few years serving as the V.P. of the Nichelini Family Winery, concentrating on Marketing, PR and Sales. He was also President and Historian of the A. Nichelini Family. During his tenure, the historic Napa Valley winery entered a successful new era of award-winning production and industry recognition. He was an active member of the Napa Valley Vintners, and a proud cellar master of the International Wine and Food Society. 

Sandwiched in between his career in the Air Force and his work for the family winery, Doug held executive positions at software, healthcare and scientific research startups, and was a Senior V.P. for NASDAQ in New York City. He was sought out for that last position by the President of the company, who said Doug Patterson was the most trustworthy man he had ever worked with. Truly, all who knew Doug recognized his integrity, sense of honor and selflessness in all things. 

Doug recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife and childhood sweetheart Kay Patterson; he is also survived by his devoted daughters Rebecca Patterson and Brenda Patterson, his grandson David I. Patterson Babic, his sister Diane Patterson, and countless Nichelini cousins.

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Sanderson June2019

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How Science Will Explain & Fix Fake News

by David Cowan

The instant, global spread of information through the Internet clearly benefits us as individuals and as a civilization. But the Internet can also be wielded to spread disinformation, a formidable downside of the technology that we’ve recently labeled “fake news.” Simple web publishing tools enable anyone to fabricate stories that appear identical to legitimate journalism, which prompts social media users—both human and robotic—to share them as easily as real news. Fake news, crafted to exploit us, wreaks havoc on our health, finances and politics.

Reality constrains the quantity of real news stories, but our boundless imaginations unleash a torrent of fake stories that now overwhelm our news feeds. Not only does fake news deceive us, it undermines our trust in legitimate news sources. This is the real catastrophe and, many believe, the objective of Russia’s fake news campaign leading up to the 2016 U.S. elections.

Fake news threatens the institution of democracy itself, because an uninformed public cannot make sound governance decisions. Fake news, crafted to exploit us, wreaks havoc on our health, finances and politics.

Many groups have tried to stem fake news through various fact-checking initiatives that have all failed, because they fundamentally misunderstand the problem. Some employ human editors, who cannot possibly keep up in any useful timeframe. More scalable schemes crowd-source the work, as though the public could possibly know what is happening elsewhere in the world. Others employ machine learning, as though reality follows some recognizable pattern. Others use automated reference-checking to verify facts elsewhere online, defying the very definition of “news.”

Some internet media platforms necessarily publish “both sides of the story” side by side, serving up contradictory facts that guarantee misinformation and confusion. Some find the problem so intractable that their only remedy is to “educate the public” that news sources simply cannot be trusted, and that truth is a matter of opinion always “worthy of respect.”

Fortunately, examining fake news through the lens of science greatly simplifies the problem and points us to tangible, effective remedies. Just as we apply science to the critical study of history, journalism is simply the scientific investigation into the truth behind current human affairs. Just as natural scientists do, “ethical journalists” follow a methodology to encode objectivity, transparency, and best practices.

Violators are not real journalists; they fit the mold of pseudoscientists who sidestep or even flout the scientific method. They are the source of fake news.

It is critical to distinguish fake news from news that is simply wrong. The common fallacy that fake news and wrong news are the same leads to great confusion, as politicians hurl the term “Fake News!” to dispute one fact and therefore dismiss entire news teams. Scientists can be wrong without being fake, and so can journalists. Inaccuracies are inevitable— the key is to follow rules that minimize and correct them. That’s why fact-checking is not only futile; it is also barely relevant. Instead of hopelessly chasing errors in each story that pops up, we should routinely and openly audit the journalistic practices of reporters and news platforms. Audits can be performed by associations like Newseum, or startups like NewsGuard that survey and monitor news reporting practices.

Consider how financial audits that bring trust to stock markets certify the controls of a corporate Finance Department rather than the specific numbers reported to Wall Street. This is a more tractable and relevant approach to fixing the problem, helping us critically assess news in real time based on the source, just as we do in deciding which scientific articles to believe. A peer-respected author from a media outlet with disciplined editorial practices generates both credible science and credible news.

Although most people do not become professional scientists, we teach the scientific method to all students to develop critical thinking skills, appreciate scientific work, and reject pseudoscientific claims. We must similarly teach journalism to all high school students if we want a society that appreciates the difference between journalism and fake news, and has the tools to distinguish them. In fact, these classes can directly contribute to the solution, by openly scrutinizing reporters’ work on Wiki pages that everyone can see. Such a significant corpus of journalistic reviews would yield strong signals to the public.

Fake news will finally wane when major news distributors such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter adopt this scientific mindset. Historically complicit, these companies are now eager to escape the hot seat, but they first need to overcome their powerful institutional bias that truth is whatever their users click on. Specifically, they must transparently label journalistic audits on the news stories they stream, and incorporate the signals from these audits in prioritizing the articles populating our news feeds.

When we as a society understand and appreciate how journalism works, and when our news feeds prioritize content from real journalists, we will once again enjoy the freedom and security endowed by a well-informed democracy.

The Rules of Ethical Journalism

Verify every reported fact.

Quickly correct errors and disseminate the correction at least as widely as the original content.

Report all objectively credible sides of any issue while properly presenting the proportional weight of the evidence. Put facts and quotes in their proper context.

Go to original sources whenever possible, and give subjects an opportunity to respond. Respect and preserve the confidentiality of sources.

Accept neither payment nor gifts from anyone within the scope of your reporting.

Resist pressure from editors, advertisers, employers, or anyone else to suppress facts that the public needs to know. Disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

Never plagiarize; always attribute.

Clearly distinguish opinions, advocacy and commentary from fact, and label them accordingly. Clearly distinguish advertising from editorial content, and label it accordingly.

Subject copy to editorial review.

Treat sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.

Show compassion for those affected by news coverage, especially victims of natural and man-made disasters, children and sex crime victims, and those accused of crimes until they are tried in a court of law.

Welcome questions and encourage civil, public discourse around journalistic practices, coverage and news content.

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David Cowan is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a trustee of the Center For Inquiry. In 1995 he founded VeriSign to bring trust to e-commerce by authenticating the identity of web servers.

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Lake Berryessa Shoreline Trail Management Plan 

The Bureau of Reclamation released its Lake Berryessa Shoreline Trail Management Plan in September 2012 after several public meetings and a thorough analysis by a professional environmental engineering firm, Tetra Tech, Inc. They divided the conceptual 165-mile trail into 28 geographically-rational trail segments starting at Monticello Dam and running counter-clockwise around the lake.

Will there ever be a complete “trail around the lake” as has been promoted by some for many years. The simple answer is “No”. It would be astonishingly expensive and almost impossible to construct. Will there be important segments of a trail that can be used by a majority of visitors and which will enhance their Lake Berryessa experience? That answer is a qualified “Yes” based on priorities listed in the final report. 

The full report was released in September, 2012, but no further action has been taken on its implementation. A summary of the report is available here:  

Lake Berryessa Shoreline Trail Management Plan   

Trail Segments master map 2019-1

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Route 128 Capell Creek Bridge Replacement Project

Since many of us have been stopped at the one lane road and traffic light near Turtle Rock we are aware that Caltrans is replacing the Capell Creek Bridge and installing horizontal drains in the vicinity of the bridge, located at post mile (PM) 20.23 on State Route (SR) 128 in unincorporated Napa County. The new bridge structure will be constructed at the same location as the existing bridge.

This project will to address the stability of the adjacent hillside and deterioration of the structural elements of the Capell Creek Bridge. Earth movement in the hillside adjacent to Capell Creek Bridge has exerted loads of unknown magnitude on the bridge.

A 2-lane replacement bridge will be constructed first. The existing Capell Creek Bridge will then be demolished. It was built in 1956 and is a reinforced concrete/steel girder three-span bridge with one lane in each direction.

The bridge consists of two continuous-welded steel girders with reinforced concrete slabs on top, two reinforced concrete column bents, and two reinforced concrete "U" abutments.  Foundations are 45-ton driven steel pipe piles, ranging in depth length from 14 feet to 60 feet. The roadway approaching the bridge has two 11-foot lanes and zero to 2-foot shoulders.The construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, continuing for two construction seasons for a total of eight months.

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Pridmore Bros

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MSC 2019

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SPECIAL REPORT: IMMEDIATELY RETURN LAKE BERRYESSA’S BIG ISLAND LAGOON AND STEELE CANYON COVE TO 5MPH ZONES FOR FAMILY RECREATION

See full report here

Download PDF of full report here...

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Summer operating hours at Lake Berryessa

Dufer Point Visitor Center
Park rangers will staff the Dufer Point Visitor Center from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Staff will provide answers about visiting the lake, volunteering with our birding program and upcoming events.

Oak Shores Day Use Area
Oak Shores opens daily at 7:30 a.m. all year. In addition, Lake Berryessa employees will extend Oak Shore’s closing hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve Oak Shores shade shelters for $25 at www.recreation.gov. Reservations are not accepted on holiday weekends.

Smittle Creek and Eticuera Day Use Area
Smittle Creek and Eticuera are available for hiking, wildlife watching, picnicking and hand-launching watercraft from sunrise until sunset throughout the year. Park rangers will close the parking lot gates at Smittle Creek at 8 p.m., nightly.

Capell Cove Boat Launch
The Capell Cove Boat Launch opens from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. all year, weather permitting.

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, 
www.royalelkparkmanagement.com

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    

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Lake Berryessa Glory  Hole Spill Watch 2019


UNLUCKY BIRD SWIMS INTO GLORY HOLE - The Video!

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

www.lakeberryessanews.com/special-publications/as-lake-berryessa-flows/as-lake-berryessa-flows-2.html


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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...

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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.

http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html

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


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BERRYESSA VALLEY HISTORY

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.

https://www.facebook.com/BERRYESSA-VALLEY-EXHIBIT-767097649995856/photos/

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WHAT HAPPENED AT LAKE BERRYESSA?

A CONDENSED POLITICAL HISTORY 
1958 - 2018

by Peter Kilkus

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What Happened At Lake Berryessa? The Book! 

(Click to Download the PDF here)


Table Of Contents

Introduction

Without THE LAKE BERRYESSA NEWS there would be no Lake Berryessa News…and finally there would be no definitive history of what happened at Lake Berryessa. Having participated directly for more than twenty years as an advocate for the lake in the fiasco that was the Bureau of Reclamation’s Visitor Services Plan, its farcical but tragic outcome, and the process of rebuilding, I have very strong views of the causes and results - supported by facts and data which were mostly obfuscated by the proponents of the destruction of the lake’s residential and business community.

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.

The goal of this book is to provide the history and the context within which such an incredibly destructive course of action took place.

The initial timeline shows a condensed history of the process. The next section tells the story through the eyes of Lake Berryessa News articles. With the permission of the Napa Register, a parallel history is presented through contemporaneous editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Napa Register.

This book is not a traditional academic exercise in historical exposition. Academic historians define history as presenting facts without expressing any opinion or analysis of the events whereas memories are comprised of emotions that can have a great influence on the perception of an actual event. Critical historians live by the old saying of "there are two sides to every story and then there is the truth."

I’m more interested in the narrative approach to defining this history. Almost two decades have passed since this story began, and Lake Berryessa history has been created with every day of that twenty years.

This book is the raw, as-it-happened, unfiltered picture of what many of us lived through. It is organized chronologically; focused on a single coherent story; primarily descriptive but also analytical; primarily concerned with people but also the abstract circumstances in which they find themselves. To me a big part of the fascination with any history is trying to discover what was going on inside people's heads in the past, and what it was like to live in that past.

The future may finally looking brighter for Lake Berryessa or does it? History continues to unfold.

Peter Kilkus, Lake Beryessa, 2018

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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


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Some Interesting Past Stories


Lake Berryessa Glory Hole Swallows Senior Center Gambling Bus


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


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?


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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

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As Lake Berryessa Flows: 

A Combination of Science, Engineering, and Natural Beauty 

(Single Report)

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As Lake Berryessa Turns!

Temperature and Fishing in a Warm, Monomictic Lake 

(Single Report)  

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Seeing Underwater at Lake Berryessa 

(Single Report)

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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.

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Conspiracy Theory Or Automatic Pilot: The Economic Roots Of Environmental Destruction        

By Peter F. Kilkus 

Download PDF of this report (2 MB)


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The Amazing Foods of Chef Neiman Marxist

Chef Neiman Marxist French


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The Winters Express

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Bird video

ACDC Intros mix

BEMS

Glory Hole Overflows

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pKilkus@gmail.com                       © Peter Kilkus 2018