By Jessica Bies
Located in the Shasta and Trinity River Division, Whiskeytown Reservoir is just one stop in a system that diverts water from the Trinity River Basin into the upper Sacramento River. The water takes a complicated path through a total of two tunnels and three reservoirs including the one in Whiskeytown.
This is the path the water takes:
- Water from the Trinity River Basin is collected in the Lewiston Reservoir.
- The water leaves Lewiston Reservoir through the Clear Creek tunnel and travels towards the Judge Francis Carr power plant located in the northern reaches of the Whiskeytown Reservoir.
- Water from the Carr power plant discharges into the headwaters of the Whiskeytown Reservoir, plunging down and creating a thermally stratified flow.
- The cold water travels along the bottom of the Whiskeytown Reservoir until it is pulled under the thermal curtain and into the Spring Creek uptake and tunnel.
- Water flows through the Spring Creek tunnel to the Spring Creek power plant.
- Water from the Spring Creek power plant is discharged into the Keswick Reservoir.
- Water leaves the Keswick Reservoir and enters the upper Sacramento River near Redding.
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