Sunday, December 31, 2006

Del Valle

I went to the Del Valle park. It sits around a reservoir south of Livermore. The reservoir was losing water over the last several years. In 1998, it was almost at capacity, but now 1/3 of its length is gone. So, the old swimming beach and boat rentals are dead. Fishermen continue to visit. They got the EBRPD to build a launching ramp extension so they can continue to use their boats. But the overall picture is rather sad and reminds me of some kind of ecological catastrophy. Probably the wineries sucked all the water.

I also saw a weirdest ritual. Someone dumps unused christmas trees on the old lakebed, with cooperation from the part authorities. Not only that, but they arrange them in neat rows to rot. This year dump was not arranged yet, but carcasses of old trees form the rows. Rows themselves are not arranged into any kind of pattern though and look fairly strange. I cannot fathom to what purpose EBRPD allows, if not encourages this dumping. Obviously there must be a reason for it.


Blogger Brian Barringer said...

Ive seen that too. Possibaly they are used as a reef for the planted fish.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

del valle usually looks like a wasteland during the winter. have you seen it in the summer recently? much better.

3:30 PM  

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