New Melones…One Year of Extreme Rain to Fill. One bad opinion to empty.
After a record year of extreme storms, the New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River may be full but what about next year and the year after that? A federal ruling called the Biological Opinion requires more water be sent down the river to protect salmon and steelhead. But studies show that the BO will empty New Melones 13 times over the next 80 years! All because of one opinion that incorrectly suggests more water means more fish.