Mountain Meadows Reservoir Empties Stranding Fish

The Mountain Meadows Reservoir near Westwood on Aug. 5, before being drained, shows shrinking lake levels due to little rain, a below-average snow pack and four years of drought. Photo by Ron Lunder
Susan Cort Johnson

Westwood Editor

  Word spread quickly Sunday, Sept. 13, that Mountain Meadows Reservoir near Westwood was dry.

  The sparse amount of water it contained, reportedly 170 acre-feet as of Thursday, Sept. 10, rushed out when an outlet valve clogged with debris was cleared. As a result hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fish died, according to Andrew Jensen, senior environmental scientist for the Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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