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Creek carving new channel in lake bottom

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
One of the more dramatic outcomes of the storm that swept the Ojai Valley Feb. 17 would be the new channel cut by Santa Ana Creek on its way into Lake Casitas. “The creek carved out a new path through old sedimentary deposits,” Ron Merckling said Feb. 23. “It's been a long time since we've had a storm that intense.”
Merckling, who is water conservation manager for the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD), said flow from Santa Ana and its fellow tributary, Coyote Creek, appeared to have transferred a noticeable amount of sediment and other debris into the main body of the lake. “There was still a lot of it floating near the surface a few days ago,” he said, “but it appears to be settling now.”

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