Deer Creek Water Origins, Resource Management & Recreation

The origin of Deer Creek water begins in two places; in the 1850s and at a 6,000 ft. elevation. 1850: Water Business Birthed in the West Placer miners needed water for rockers; hydraulic miners needed it to move mountains. The first miner’s ditch, to which PG&E traces its tap root, was built in 1850 by The Rock Creek Water Company. …

American River Watershed & Lake Tahoe

Most rivers in California have been changed by mining, water control, and the introduction of new species. Professor Erika Zavaleta of UC Santa Cruz explains the history and biology of California’s watersheds. She also presents current watershed management issues.