Lake Oroville drops below 1 million acre feet for second-year in a row

Nov 4, 2015 1:20 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

While hopes remain high in the west for a drought-busting winter, a good soaking rain storm can't come soon enough as water levels at the state's two major reservoirs continue to creep toward record-level lows.

For the second year in a row, Lake Oroville on Wednesday dropped below the 1 million acre-foot mark, now holding 28 percent of capacity. The lake holds 3.5 million acre feet at full capacity.

Last year in late November, Lake Oroville held just 904,000 acre feet or 26 percent of capacity at his lowest point. Lake Oroville's historic low occurred in 1977 at 890,000 acre feet.

Since 1977, Lake Oroville's capacity has dropped below the 1 million acre-foot threshold four times, according to California Department of Water Resources records.

Meanwhile, Shasta Lake is at 31 percent capacity when it should normally hold be around 52 percent for this time of year. Shasta Lake, which is part of the Central Valley Project operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, also saw its record low in 1977 when it dropped to below 750,000 acre feet of storage.


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