|The Green Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville |
near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011, in Oroville, California, followed
by current drought levels on Aug. 19, 2014.
That Sinking Feeling
And yet another day passes without the California legislature acting to build a string of desalinization plants.
On the Lighter Side - A nudist resort in the San Francisco Bay area has been accused of stealing water from a local creek during the state's severe drought, according to local news media.
Authorities from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which protects wildlife habitat, said the clothing-optional Lupin Lodge had been diverting water, some of which was used to fill the resort's swimming pool, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
After discovering the alleged diversion, rangers from Midpeninsula arrived at the camp and ripped out a pipeline that had been funneling water to the resort, said the San Jose Mercury News.
And one nudist who encountered the rangers during his morning hike on Midpeninsula property was threatened with a citation for trespassing, reports the newspaper.
"They said, 'You can't be here. You're on our property,'" said Errol Strider, 70, one of about 50 full-time residents who live in yurts, cabins and trailers on the 110-acre property, which was founded in the 1930s. "I was wearing tennis shoes and my little fanny pack," he told the Mercury News. "I discreetly turned my fanny pack to a front pack where it stayed for the rest of the conversation."
The owners of the resort, Glyn and Lori Kay Stout, told the Times that they have a historic right to the water, which they said they have used since a drought in the 1970s and need to keep an 87,000-gallon water tank full in case of fire and for topping off the skinny-dipping pool near the clubhouse.
|And the water levels keep dropping.|