Diamond Valley Lake’s ramp extension will be too little, too late

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  • Southern California bass anglers lost use of one of the region’s biggest and best bass fisheries on April 15th of this year when Diamond Valley was forced to close the launch ramp due to low water.

    But those anglers got excited when it was announced back in May that the Metropolitan Water District had authorized the extension of the launch ramp at Diamond Valley this fall.

    We cautioned optimists that it was likely too little, too late to get boats back on the water this year.

    The MWD board approved plans to extend the ramp an additional 120 feet by the end of November, what would be the third extension of the ramp since 2003. But 120 feet of additional launch ramp essentially only covers about 12 vertical feet of water.

    And the Diamond Valley Marina, which operates concessions and boat rentals at Diamond Valley Lake posted a comparison photo on their facebook page showing just how fast the water is dropping…

    These pictures were taken exactly 4 weeks apart. The elevation on 5/31/15 was 1658.26. Today, 6/28/15 the elevation is…

    Posted by Diamond Valley Marina on Sunday, June 28, 2015

    According to their photo’s description, the water level had already fallen more than 8 feet below the edge of the current ramp from May 31st to June 28th.

    So again, it really doesn’t look the ramp extension in November will do anything to get boats back on the water this year – or until considerable rain in the region can pump some new resources into MWD’s water supply.

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