Work on Agnew Lake dam; hikers urged to use caution

From July through October, hikers and backpackers entering the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Rush Creek Trail will encounter construction activities at Agnew Dam.

The lake will be partially drained throughout that time to allow Southern California Edison access to the dam to perform repairs that will extend the life of the dam. The work will include the installation of a liner on the upstream face of the dam.

Hikers and backpackers on the Rush Creek Trail will also encounter low reservoir levels in Gem and Waugh Lakes. Gem and Waugh Lakes will be partially drained to allow Southern California Edison to perform engineering studies on the dams.

Precautions are taken during these activities to protect Inyo National Forest and Ansel Adams Wilderness resources. The Rush Creek Trail will remain open and will not be affected by this work. To assure your safety when in the area, please stay clear of all construction activities.

For more information, call Dan Golden, SCE, at 760-873-0724 or Sheila Irons, INF, at 760-924- 5534.