PG & E is projecting below normal water levels at Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake this summer, due to drought conditions.
A hydrologist with the company’s power generation department said at a meeting in Chico last week that PG & E plans to balance recreation, the environment, power generation and other needs … but with less inflow due to the drought, Lake Almanor will be about 3 to 5 feet lower than normal this summer.
But, lake users will still enjoy the third largest surface area of any freshwater lake in California.
The utility has been generating less hydro power this spring to save water in reservoirs.
Total precipitation for the season to date in the Lake Almanor basin is at 62 percent of normal, and in the Bucks Lake basin it’s 59 percent of normal.
Bucks Lake is projected to see water levels about five feet below normal by Labor Day.
Meanwhile, PG & E expects the Butt Valley Reservoir to be within normal operating range this summer.