Special Publications


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AS LAKE BERRYESSA FLOWS: 

A COMBINATION OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND NATURAL BEAUTY

BY PETER F. KILKUS

Bathymetric - Lake from south

Download a PDF of the full report here (1.3 MB)

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Seeing Underwater at Lake Berryessa

In the Spring of 2007 the Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) performed a survey of the underwater landscape of Lake Berryessa. They wanted to accurately determine the capacity of the lake using the latest technology. Siltation from a lake’s shoreline is often a factor in lowering the total water-carrying capacity of reservoirs. SCWA wanted to investigate the sedimentation rate and establish a baseline as well as create accurate bathymetric maps.

8 South Lake & Narrows

Download a PDF of the full report here (5.1 MB).

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Monticello Dam Failure Simulation 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEJEHnKrueo

Steven Ward, a research geophysicist at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UC Santa Cruz has created a computer simulation of the first 16 hours of flooding that might be expected from the failure of Monticello Dam from a possible earthquake. This worst-case scenario envisions a nearly instantaneous breakdown of the structure and a reservoir filled to capacity. This is unlikely but informative. There are approximately 800,00 acre-feet of water in Lake Berryessa as of December, 2015, which has a normal capacity of 1.6 million acre-feet.

The simulation can also be downloaded at: http://es.ucsc.edu/~ward/berryessa-dam.mov

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CONSPIRACY THEORY OR AUTOMATIC PILOT:

THE ECONOMIC ROOTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION

BY PETER F. KILKUS

Compensation vs Productivity

Download a PDF of the full report here (2 MB)

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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.

1 BSM detailed map to use


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

by Peter Kilkus  

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As Lake Berryessa Turns! 

Temperature and Fishing in a Warm, Monomictic Lake

by Peter Kilkus 

Lake Temperature profile 122616

http://lakeberryessanews.com/publications/lake-turnover-2017.pdf    

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2016-17 Rainy Season: Drought or Flood - What Are The Chances?

by Peter Kilkus

Flood graph

http://lakeberryessanews.com/publications/flood-story-short.pdf    

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Flood Story

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