fees for Tulloch suggested
Published: July 28, 2005
By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
group working to protect Lake Tulloch from over-development is suggesting
charging boating fees on the seven-mile long reservoir.
Lake Tulloch Alliance — which includes homeowners, business owners and
homeowner associations along Tulloch's shores — has presented six proposals,
including the boat fee idea, to District 5 Calaveras County Supervisor Victoria
The alliance meets this afternoon to hear
"We'll hear from Supervisor Erickson
as to our next step to get our initiatives to the Board of Supervisors,"
alliance President Connie Williams said.
alliance is requesting a yearly fee be charged for all boats launched or moored
on the lake near Copperopolis.
Williams said it
would be up to supervisors, law enforcement and Tri-Dam Project, which manages
the lake, to work out specific details of such a fee. She added that alliance
members hope funds raised by the fee would go for boating safety education and
more law enforcement patrols on the waters.
said imposing such a fee is complicated, because the lake spans both Calaveras
and Tuolumne counties.
"Making each boat pay a
yearly fee to use the lake is one way of dealing with the situation," she said.
"It is one tool in the tool box, but it won't solve all the problems."
Problems on the 1,260-acre reservoir are
According to a 2003 Calaveras County
Sheriff's Department safety report, Tulloch has among the highest rates of
boating accidents, boating injuries and fatalities, and boats per square mile
compared to other lakes in the county.
Project manages Tulloch under a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory
Susan Larson, Tri-Dam Project Lake
Tulloch coordinator, said Tri-Dam officials have studied Bass Lake in Madera
County, which charges a fee based on watercraft engine size, as a possible
"It is something to be considered," she said,
pointing out that Bass and Tulloch lakes share some similarities, including
private homes and public marinas along the lakes' shores.
"At Bass Lake, the fee supports boating safety programs, boating classes
and enhanced law enforcement," she said. "The fee has been successful and
Larson said Tri-Dam and Erickson are
working with Tuolumne and Calaveras counties' sheriffs departments and boards of
supervisors to see if a fee would make sense for Lake Tulloch.
"But before we moved forward with such a program,
we'd hold public meetings where people could ask questions and make
suggestions," she said.
Williams emphasized that the
alliance is not against growth, but wants to preserve and protect Lake Tulloch
and its surrounding shoreline.
"Lake Tulloch is the
jewel of Copperopolis," she said. "That's what draws people and developers here.
We don't want to stop growth, but we want the county to implement the proper
ordinances so that future generations can continue to enjoy this beautiful lake