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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/10/2020 09:48 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/10/2020 09:48 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM
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Contractors UWPA is Looking for You!

Angels Camp, CA...UWPA is looking for licensed contractors who are available to provide skilled labor during a three-week period: November 2 – 20, 2020. The work is near Hathaway Pines and involves repairing and replacing sections of historic wooden flume that provides the water supply for the communities of Murphys, Douglas Flat, Vallecito and Angels Camp. Labor compensation will be negotiated based on skills and experience. This is a unique opportunity to work in a beautiful environment overlooking the Stanislaus River Canyon and ensure our community’s water supply is safe and reliable. Anyone interested in joining the team for this project can call the UWPA office at (209) 736-9419 and ask to speak with Kyle Rasmussen or email krasmussen@uticapower.net.










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Posted on: 2020-09-11 07:16:07   By: Anonymous
 
Why is this wood? It will burn, and then the water won't flow.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 07:32:09   By: Anonymous
     
    ^Think about it moron

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    Re: Lined with Galvanized Metal
    Posted on: 2020-09-11 07:42:19   By: Anonymous
     
    They line the wood with galvanized metal, looks beautiful when finished - real craftsman's work. . .

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      Re: Lined with Galvanized Metal
      Posted on: 2020-09-11 08:30:51   By: Anonymous
       
      Thanks for the information. I remember when this burned in 2001, so I’m surprised they are still using wood.



      2001-09-10 04:00:00 PDT Angels Camp, -- Vern Pyle shook his head in disbelief at the smoldering wreckage that, for more than a century, served as a water lifeline for thousands of people in six rural communities in Calaveras County.
      "It doesn't get any worse than this," said Pyle, general manager of the Utica Power Authority, as he stared at the rubble strewn along the face of a cliff overlooking the Stanislaus River, thousands of feet below. "This is a big hurt on us. It is a big-time emergency."

      Nine thousand residents of old gold-mining towns have lost their water supply -- a wooden aqueduct destroyed by fire -- and face incredible hardship, with no end in sight. Local ranchers, wineries and power plants could face devastating losses.

      The three-quarter-mile section of wooden flume that carried water to the parched region was destroyed by a fire that swept up the river canyon Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of 400 homes.

      Residents are being asked to halve their water use. That means no outdoor watering, short showers every other day, bottled water for cooking and drinking, disposable utensils, limited laundry and flushing toilets only when necessary.
      The fire has scorched more than 3,950 acres in the famed Mother Lode, northwest of Yosemite, and is still burning in the rugged backcountry. Residents have returned to their homes and now face extreme drought conditions as storage tanks, reservoirs, creeks and streams dry up. In jeopardy are ranchers, homeowners, two hydro power plants, several local vintners and habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog, said by some to be the one made famous by Mark Twain.

      "We have no distribution system," said Debbie Ponte, the mayor of Angels Camp and chairwoman of the Utica Power Authority. "We have no way of getting water to the treatment facilities. There are 9,000 people, several wineries, ranches, irrigated pastures and a golf course that are affected by this crisis. "

      ELABORATE FLUME SYSTEM
      In the hot, dry hills where 49ers once roamed, water is -- and always has been -- as valuable as gold. Utica, once the area's largest gold mine, is now in charge of an elaborate flume system that brings the region's lifeblood through the mountains.
      The so-called "three-quarter mile flume" was a wooden structure built in the 1880s that carried water from Hunter's Reservoir over the steepest, most treacherous area of the mountain. It was the largest of seven sections of flume that burned, cutting off water to Angels Camp, Murphys, Douglas Flat, Carson Hill, Vallecitos and Six Mile Village.

      An estimated two-day supply of water was left, but officials believe a radical conservation program may extend the supply for up to two weeks. Rebuilding the flume, however, will take six months or longer.
      Utility district officials, engineers from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and local and county administrators meet daily in a frantic attempt to come up with a solution. Among the ideas being discussed: drilling 360 feet down and pumping water through an underground tunnel, tapping into an old flooded mine shaft, and putting in pipelines to bridge the gaps in the flume.
      Most of the interim solutions would be expensive and dangerous and may require state and federal approval.
      In the short term, communities could pump water from fire hydrants in unaffected areas, Ponte said, but that will not solve the problem.
      "All of these immediate measures would give us the minimum of water use, so conservation is still critical," she said. "In the meantime, we still have a fire, and we can't go into the fire area to do anything until the area is safe. "
      Yesterday, nearly 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, dubbed the Darby fire, as it moved northeast up the McCormick Creek canyon. Doug Lannon, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry, said it was 50 percent contained, but full containment is not expected until Wednesday.

      EARLY CASUALTY
      Lannon said the flume had burned in the first four hours of the fire. Large gullies mark the blackened hillside where thousands of gallons of now precious water poured from the burned aqueduct before the flow was shut off.
      Utica stands to lose thousands of dollars in revenue from the sale of hydroelectric power, but Ponte said there should be enough electricity to go around.
      Hard-pressed residents say they are coping -- for now.
      "It's hard for us because we have three kids, and that means retraining," said Wendy James, 29, of Angels Camp. "But right away, everybody came together and started doing what they were supposed to do. Nobody is watering their lawns, and if they do, somebody will tell them to turn it off."
      Ranchers and vintners in the area may have it the toughest.
      "It's the worst possible time of year that this could happen," said Scott Klann, winemaker for Chatom Vineyards in Douglas Flat. "We're days away from picking, and we'll need to crush the grapes and clean the bins. To run a winery you need water, and this is the busiest time of year."
      Klann said he would probably have donated water trucked in from other wineries. But such options are not available to rancher Duane Oneto.
      "This is all done for," said Oneto, 61, standing on a ridge overlooking two acres of vegetable gardens he grows for a farmers' market and six acres of irrigated pasture land for his 10 cows. "Everything will die. Obviously, it will be a financial setback."

      RAINS STILL WEEKS AWAY
      The situation would, of course, be worse if it were earlier in the year. Fall and winter rains could ease the situation, at least temporarily, but significant rains are still at least a month or two away.
      Meanwhile, Angels and Murphy's creeks are barely a trickle, with fish flopping around in puddles. Environmentalists fear the red-legged frog will suffer as the waterway dries up, and the region immortalized in Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" might lose its signature amphibian.
      Oneto, whose grandfather bought the ranch he lives on in 1916, said the burned-out flume had always been the crucial link in the water system and the primary concern of those who require water for subsistence.
      "Everybody always asked what would happen if we lost the three-quarter mile flume," he said. "By God, we are gonna find out."

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 15:06:09   By: Anonymous
     
    Water will still flow, it's called gravity but It don't have to burn to put it out of use, rock slide, couple tons of 🌲 I heard awhile back someone tried to blow it up. Not sure if that was a rumor or not, but we had a rash of them midnight blue or black Suvs around for awhile. That's when Ruppie still had The Nugget and you could bet the Tequila was watered down if the seal wasn't cracked on the bottle.
    Them were the good ole days, Buggy Bill, Cliff, One Eyed Dan, miss them old farts, just ain't the same, damn town sold the good people out who live here, thinking we'd all like the flatlanders money more than our peacefulness, our relaxed ways, low crime rate. Now 100 vehicles will try passing you in a mile of a double lane hwy. Thx to the business association no amount of money will ever bring back those quiet peaceful days back to our little communities where we have Drug runners, dope growers who have murdered people, gangs where a police Dept decided best to drop charges and let em go, a DA who let's convicted felons caught with loaded firearms out on minimum bail. And never thought I'd see green hair on old fat broads with their flabby buttocks hanging out of shorts so small and tight no person over the age of four should wear. Thank God my vision is getting blurry and I'll be damned if my granddaughter will get me to go see that eyeball doc. Something's just ain't meant to be seen.

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Posted on: 2020-09-11 08:16:45   By: Anonymous
 
The flume was the greatest hike in Calaveras County. Too bad portions of it are blocked these days.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 08:59:10   By: Anonymous
     
    This would be a great place to detour the natural bridges crowd to.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 09:27:36   By: Anonymous
     
    There still a nice hike above Murphy's along flume, just behind private property now and hard to get to

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      Posted on: 2020-09-11 10:18:10   By: Anonymous
       
      Any one remember when murphy's was a town, instead of theme?

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        Posted on: 2020-09-11 11:45:22   By: Anonymous
         
        There is no apostrophe in Murphys.

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          Posted on: 2020-09-11 14:30:32   By: Anonymous
           
          Yes there is, I can see an apostrophe in the one above your comment. You might want to get some readers, I finally did, my arms weren't long enough no more. I really hated doin it, I'm 92 and these things cost me close to $18 That's a lot of stuff $18 could get me, but my granddaughter's thought it best

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 11:48:21   By: Anonymous
     
    You could also start at Hunter Dam and walk the ditch and the flume all the way to Bob Orr's PG&E cabin at the old McKay's Point diversion dam.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-11 12:35:22   By: Anonymous
       
      There is how ever lots of a**hole's in murphys!

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    Re: Flume Trail Hiking
    Posted on: 2020-09-16 08:00:03   By: Anonymous
     
    Please keep in mind that the flume/ditch trails are not open to the public for hiking or any other form of recreation.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-11 12:45:25   By: Anonymous
 
I’m getting a woody just look at all the wood. I need to take the situation in hand

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    Posted on: 2020-09-11 14:32:14   By: Anonymous
     
    Man who goes to bed with a problem wakes up with solution in hand.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-11 17:10:43   By: Anonymous
       
      Ebbetts Pass lumber sells wood with termite infestation free of charge

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        Posted on: 2020-09-11 19:02:49   By: Anonymous
         
        get the best of both, wood in hand and blow job

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-09-11 21:32:16   By: Anonymous
           
          Yeah, from your mom.

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