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Whitewater Rafting To Continue Despite Dry Winter
That's because of an arrangement between recreational companies and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
SMUD has agreed to release water flows for hydro-electric generation at times when rafters are out on the water, primarily on the weekends.
Scott Armstrong owns All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting.
On Capital Public Radio's Insight today, Armstrong said weekday rafting could be a little too calm...
"...There will be water on weekends, there'll be water at good flows. It'll be a little bit less than it has been in the last couple of years. But because of the agreement and because of what SMUD has to release anyway for hydro-power, we will have good recreational flows."
~Scott Armstrong, All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
Armstrong predicts flows will be strongest from mid-June through Labor Day Weekend.
When it comes to rain and snow most of California is running below average this year, and little is forecast in the near future.
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Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
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