Starting today the multi-use pasture at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be closed to the public due to lingering drought conditions.
The closure, which is expected to last through summer and possibly the fall, is due to a lack of irrigation water needed to sustain the grass in the pasture, used mostly as an off-leash run for dogs. Irrigation comes from the Highland Ditch which is fed from the Truckee River. However, the Federal Water Master has shut the ditch off due to low water flows. Making the situation even worse was a very dry winter.