Twain Harte Lake future uncertain

Union Democrat staff

The future of Twain Harte Lake remained uncertain Tuesday as county leaders discussed what it will take to fix a leak in the dam that prompted the private swimming spot to be drained Sunday.

At Tuesday's Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Craig Pedro said it may be difficult for the county to secure outside funding for repairs because the lake is privately owned.

"Usually, the kinds of programs that we tie into are more geared toward publicly owned facilities," he said. "We're going to have to make a case about the value of it from the angle of emergency water supply."

The 12-acre lake is typically open for summers and used for recreation by Twain Harte Lake Association members and vacationers renting cabins from members.

Twain Harte Lake Association Board President Betty Jespersen said the association has 800 members, with a waiting list of about 75.

The lake, which normally closes after Labor Day, was shut down for the season after the leak was discovered Sunday morning.

Movement in the granite formation known as The Rock, which anchor's the southern side of the dam, caused the dam to start leaking Sunday morning. Dam operators started draining the lake that afternoon and it was completely empty by Monday.

More cracks began appearing Monday as Twain Harte Community Services District crews worked on bypassing a main sewer line near the dam that serves the community of Twain Harte.

A special team from the state is assessing what caused the movement in the granite and whether the cracks can be fixed.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 6, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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