Table of Contents

Table Of Contents

I. The Four Tragedies of the Berryessa Valley: A History of Heartbreak          1

The First Tragedy: The Destruction of Native American Culture         1

The Second Tragedy: The Destruction of Spanish Culture        1

The Third Tragedy: The Destruction of Rural Culture  2

The Fourth Tragedy: The Destruction of Family Recreation Culture    2

II. Lake Berryessa History Timeline          4

III. The Big Lie: How It All Began           14

IV. The Big Fail: Napa Abandons Lake Berryessa (1975)         21

V. The Big Picture: Lake Berryessa Issues: 1957 - 2012          23

VI. The Big Illusion: Notice of Intent     32

VII. The Big Whopper: Reclamation Propaganda         34

VIII. The Big Fight: Facts Do Matter       36

The Facts         36

Chamber of Commerce Businesses Fight Back  37

Residents Fight Back    38

City of Winters Fights Back     40

IX. The Big Betrayal: Perversion of Public Law 96-375            43

Public Law 96-375       45

Congressional History  45

Reclamations Unjust Facilities Demolition      49

X. The Big Mistake: Pensus - The Beginning Was The End!    51

The Short Story That Was Actually A Fantasy            51

Springtime at the Lake: Pensus in Bloom?       54

Theyre Off Like a Herd of Turtles! Bureaucracy at Berryessa  55

Bureaucratic Wheel-Spinning: How Much Is Enough?   57

When Does History Actually Become HISTORY?     58

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012: Process Without Progress!           62

A Berryessa Midsummer Nights Dream            64

Applehood and Mother Pie! Whats Right, Whats Wrong, Why          67

Pensus Tries A Little Bit Harder, But Gets No Respect 68

Catch-22: The Bureaucratic Double Bind Theory in Practice   73

Seasons, Cycles, and Radical Change: Chaos Theory - Berryessa Style  75

Floundering About at Lake Berryessa (Not a fishing story.)      77

Deciphering Berryessas Ancient Rock Sculpture at Steele Park            80

Feds Final Folly: The Destruction of Steele Park          81

A Perfect Storm of Disappointment for Lake Berryessa!         84

XI. The Big Hole in History: Post-Pensus Blues           87

A Modest Proposal: Give Lake Berryessa to Napa County     87

A Path Forward To Revitalize Lake Berryessa: Fire The Feds! 92

Open Letter to the Federal Government: Get Out of Lake Berryessa!  94

Napa and Reclamation: Working Together to Revitalize Lake Berryessa?        95

Will 2017 Be Lake Berryessa's Lucky Year?    97

Positive Report on the Future Rebirth of Lake Berryessa!        98

The Future Looks Brighter, But The Sun Also Rises (A Bit Slowly)      99

Napa Releases Lake Berryessa Request For Information & Interest      101

"Holes In History" at Lake Berryessa:  103

Revitalizing Lake Berryessa - Idling Towards Home     105

Beating A Dead Horse With A Stick OR ...       106

Napa County Frustrated by Reclamation Stalling Tactics          107

Time Warp Moment - The 2020-something…” Schedule       108

XII. The Big Boondoggle: Creation of a National Monument  110

The Ultimate Political Perversion of the Antiquities Act         110

Blue Ridge Berryessa National Conservation Area Proposal Rejected   110

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Proposal Rejected       112

Berryessa Snow Mountain Does Not Meet NLCS Guidelines     114

Creation of an Illegitimate National Monument: Grow Big Or Go Home          118

Political Step 1: National Conservation Area Designation Defeated     118

Political Step 2: Ignore the Democratic Process, Create a National Monument Anyway          118

Political Step 3: Confuse the Public     119

Lake Berryessa Removed From National Monument, Finally   119

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Created Despite Objections     120

Addendum 1. Dueling Napa Register Letters To The Editor        121

Return Lake Berryessa to the taxpayers: March 2, 2001           121

Don't attack Berryessa resorts: December 4, 2001        122

Mobile home owners want to make Berryessa better: December 12, 2001        123

Give public access to Berryessa, Feb 20, 2002 124

Trailer ownership at Lake Berryessa defended: March 1, 2002 125

Beware Federal Berryessa plan: April 3, 2003 126

Don't let feds destroy Berryessa homes: April 24, 2003            127

Lake plan should keep mobile homes: August 21, 2003           128

Private access to Berryessa is wrong: September 16, 2003       130

Return Berryessa to the public: December 15, 2003     130

Berryessa plans fall short: February 17, 2004  132

Drop Enviro-Elitism at Lake Berryessa: March 13, 2005         134

Lake Berryessa misconceptions: March 11, 2005         136

Majority opposes Reclamation plan: November 26, 2005        138

Children ask Why'd they take our lake? June 28, 2007          140

Flaws in Reclamations plans for the lake: April 24, 2009        143

Addendum 2. The Napa Register Editorial View   146

Stop resort owners from polluting lake: February 27, 2001     146

Berryessa: Put it back in public hands: February 23, 2006      146

Clock ticking at Lake Berryessa: April 12, 2009           148

The locals view of fiasco at the lake: April 15, 2009    149

Inching forward at Lake Berryessa: March 16, 2013    151

Addendum 3. The Napa Register Article View      153

Reclamation to revamp lake shoreline: February 25, 2001      153

Trailer Clash: February 25, 2001        154

Officials plan makeover for Lake Berryessa: August 12, 2003  157

Lake Berryessa public hearings begin: November 13, 2003     159

Lake's history full of federal-local tensions: December 11, 2003          161

Trailer owners offer own blueprint for future: December 11, 2003       163

Crowd tells feds not to move Berryessa trailers: January 22, 2004       165

Mobile home residents challenge feds over economy: December 12, 2004       168

Trailers ousted from lake: June 7, 2006           176

On the edge at Lake Berryessa: March 18, 2007          179

Bidding heats up on control of resorts: December 6, 2007       180

Resorts begin to close, owners angry, future uncertain: June 10, 2008 182

Salvaging summer at the lake: March 23, 2009           187

Deal signed for six Berryessa resorts: April 29, 2010    192

Feds terminate Pensus resort contract: December 7, 2012       193

Latest Berryessa resort rejuvenation effort fails: February 19, 2016     194

Napa moving closer to reviving Berryessa resorts: October 17, 2018   198

 

Index of  Primary Documents         200

Berryessa Archeology Reports 1979 - 1985      200

BRBNA NCA Federal Designation Analysis 2008         200

Government Accounting Office Report 1972    200

Government Accounting Office Report 1974    200

Inspector General Audit 1995  200

Inspector General Concession Audit 2000        200

Napa County Berryessa Park Commission Ordinance 1958     200

Napa County Berryessa Transition Plans 1974 200

Napa County Day Use Facilities Plan 1972     200

Napa County Lake Berryessa Area Plan 1971  200

Napa County National Park Service Plan Position 1972          200

National Park Service Plan for Recreation Development 1972 200

Pensus Berryessa Proposal 2007          200

Ragatz Report Full 2017          200

Ragatz Report Introduction & Summary Recomendations       200

Reclamation Bid Prospectus 2007 Summary   200

Reclamation Bid Prospectus 2009 Summary   200

Reclamation Bid Prospectus 2015 Summary   200

Reclamation Boater Study 1998          200

Reclamation Concessions Management Standard 2002           200

Reclamation Dornbusch Economic Feasibility Report 200

Reclamation Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2003      200

Reclamation Environmental Assessment 2017 200

Reclamation Final Environmental Impact Statement 1992      200

Reclamation Final Environmental Impact Statement 2005      200

Reclamation Kleinfelder Facilities Report        200

Reclamation Market Area Survey 1997            200

Reclamation Market Assessment 2014  200

Reclamation Public Use Plan 1959_1975       200

Reclamation Record of Decision 1993 201

Reclamation Record of Decision 2006 201

Reclamation Visitor Services Plan Notice of Intent 2000          201

Reclamation Visitor Services Plan Public Comments 2001       201

Reclamation VSP Announcement 2001            201

Reclamation Water Carrying Capacity Analysis 1988   201

Resort Owners Plan 2005         201

Solano Irrigation District Berryessa Project History 2000        201

Summers & Summers Dornbusch Report Analysis       201

Summers & Summers Resort Owners Plan Analysis     201

 


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