PG&E has installed the first portion of new safety fencing by the Cassel bridge near the post office and at Cassel Forebay.
In May, PG&E announced that they would be installing 330 feet of railing and fencing near its Hat Creek hydroelectric canals and powerhouses near Cassel as well as at the McArthur Canal diversion at the Tule River fishing access point along the McArthur Swamp. The first phase of installation was completed in June.
The project is still ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of July.
According to Paul Moreno, spokesman for PG&E, “This project is PG&E’s idea. We are taking a proactive approach across our hydroelectric system in identifying areas of potential risk to operations and to the public. In areas identified, we use a suite of controls to decrease the risk. In this case we are proactively installing railing and fencing at select points along our canals and diversions where there are steep slopes and embankments without decreasing fishing recreation.”
The canal by the bridge in Cassel and Cassel Forebay are two of the most popular fishing spots in the Hat Creek area. Many people who come to fish enjoy the easy access. The areas are regularly stocked by Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery.
A hard copy version of this article also appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/19/16