Folsom Lake reaches historic low, Lake Oroville continues to drop

Nov 17, 2015 6:05 PM by News Staff/CBS News, Photo: Lake Oroville via CDWR

The water level of Folsom Lake has dipped to a new historic low, and Lake Oroville is nearing levels only seen in 1977.

On Sunday, Folsom Lake was measured at 140,410 acre feet. The previous record low was set in November 1977 when the lake decreased to 140,600 acre feet.

As of Monday, Lake Oroville is not doing much better. The water level is currently at 27 percent of its capacity, nearing the all-time low of 24.9 percent capacity recorded on September 7, 1977.

Shasta Lake is holding steady at 30 percent capacity, but is historically 51 percent full this time of year.

Recent rain has provided a little help, but there's still a long way to go.

The low water levels are prompting state officials to push the proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County, which would hold twice the water of Folsom Lake.

Once construction starts on the Sites Reservoir it would still be six to eight years before it can start holding water.

Environmental groups oppose the project because they worry it will kill fish.


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