Sierra Valley: 3.2015
Sierra Valley in northeastern California is a large alfalfa production area, bordered on the north by Highway 70, the Feather River Canyon
Highways 49 and 89 to the south and west.
The Sierra Valley forms the headwaters of the Feather River which empties into Lake Oroville
The Federal Water Master has the discretion of switching water out of the Little Truckee River
soon after it leaves its headwaters at Webber Lake
through the Cold Stream diversion channel
to drought-sticken alfalfa farmers in Sierra Valley, diverting fresh drinking water heading to Stampede
reservoirs, already critically low.
Camera icon shows position where these photos were taken looking both south into the valley and looking north above the valley. The location icon at the bottom of the map shows the postition of Sierraville
where water is being diverted from the Little Truckee River
for alfalfa farms in the Sierra Valley.
Looking north above Sierra Valley from Hwy 70 near Chilcoot in early March. These wetlands would normally host a deep blanket of snow which slowly melts, forming the headwaters of the Feather River
which empties into Lake Oroville
. Not only is there no snow to watch for in these wetlands, there is none on these northern High Sierra peaks to continue to feed the headwaters through early summer.