Monday, 28 September 2015

WATCH: California Lake Mysteriously Vanishes Overnight, Killing Thousands of Fish

James Woods | September 25, 2015 

Residents said it drained like a bathtub overnight.

Stories of drought conditions in California have been steadily making their way into the national conversation over the last year, but it’s apparently worse than we thought. 

Walker Lake, near the California/Nevada border, vanished overnight leaving thousands of dead fish, but no water. Residents report people fishing in the lake as recently as last weekend, but the entire lake is now gone. 

Eddie Bauer, a local resident who has lived on Walker Lake his entire life, says that this is the first time he can remember the lake running dry. Pacific Gas & Electric Company owns the rights to the lake, which it uses to create and sell hydroelectric power to neighboring areas. 

PG officials said that they didn’t open the dam or drain the lake, but rather, that the water simply ran out overnight. Paul Moreno, a PG&E spokesperson had this to say: “It’s the situation we worked hard to avoid but the reality is we’re in a very serious drought, there’s also concerns for the fish downstream.” 

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