Sep 18, 2015 12:59 PM by News Staff, Photos: California Department of Water Resources
California’s drought has hit the reservoirs hard, and photos like these from the California Department of Water Resources have made Lake Oroville the face of the crisis.
Lake Oroville is currently at just about 30 percent of its total capacity of roughly 3.5 million acre feet.
Oroville’s lowest level ever recorded was on September 7, 1977 when storage was at 24.9 percent of capacity.
Oroville is the second largest reservoir in the region, supplying cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles with water used for drinking, irrigation, and even fighting fires.
Like many of the other lakes in the region, is feed two ways, b they melting snow pack and by major storms.
Federal forecasters say this year’s El Nino will be unusually strong, but also say California’s four-year water deficit is too big to be erased with one wet winter.