Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world. They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of water, reduce flooding and erosion, recharge groundwater and provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities from fishing and hunting to photography. They also serve as critical habitat for wildlife, including a large percentage of plants and animals on California’s endangered species list.
Frank Elwin “F.E.” Weymouth (1874-1941) was Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s first general manager and chief engineer, serving from 1929-1941. The Colorado River Aqueduct and initial distribution system were constructed during his tenure. Metropolitan’s first treatment plant at La Verne in Los Angeles County was named the F.E. Weymouth Treatment Plant in his honor.
Whiskeytown Lake, a major reservoir in the foothills of the Klamath Mountains nine miles west of Redding, was built at the site of one of Shasta County’s first Gold Rush communities. Whiskeytown, originally called Whiskey Creek Diggings, was founded in 1849 and named in reference to a whiskey barrel rolling off a citizen’s pack mule; it may also refer to miners drinking a barrel per day.