California Drought Report #61: Northern Reservoirs Sierra Nearing Flood Control Levels

The northern Sierra has seen nearly double the average precipitation since the beginning of March according to a report by Capital Public Radio.

It may seem hard to believe after such a dry February, but some of California’s largest reservoirs have approached flood operations.

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Amy Quinton reporting on Capital Public Radio:

“We’ve had several Miracle Marches over the decades and I think that this one, because of the way it’s dramatically changed the picture, I think I’d put it in the same category,” says Leahigh.

He says most of the snow has also fallen in higher elevations, which will mean more water later in the year. That could bode well for increasing the amount of water delivered through the State Water Project.

Federal water managers told state regulators Tuesday that Shasta Reservoir has captured a million acre feet in a two week period. They say the water level has technically encroached into flood space.

Note:  Western and Southern  reservoirs are still below average. Drought is still a threat as the El Niño pattern is collapsing, by fall we will be in an El Niña pattern which will bring us another dry winter.  Continue to save water, we are going to need it all before the PDO turns warm again.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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