Monday, November 15, 2004

Boating to be scarce when San Pablo Reservoir is drained

A dirty little secret of Bay Area government is that there are more than a dozen lakes operated by local water agencies and utilities where the public is kept out. All boating is prohibited at another 20 lakes, even just to plunk in a small canoe, kayak, dinghy or inflatable.

This rip-off could finally be forced into the open in the coming year. That is because the Bay Area's No. 1 recreation lake, San Pablo Reservoir near El Sobrante, faces being drained for two years or more for seismic work at the earth dam. The lake level has already been dropped down about 60 percent and project managers say the work could take five years.

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