California’s second-largest reservoir hits 100% of its total capacity

Source: SFGate

“A surprisingly stormy spring has pushed one of California’s largest reservoirs to capacity, state officials announced Monday. For the second straight year, Lake Oroville is full. ‘This is great news for ensuring adequate water supply for millions of Californians and environmental needs,’ the state Department of Water Resources wrote in a statement. Lake Oroville, California’s second-largest reservoir, is currently filled with 3.5 million acre-feet of water. An acre foot is the amount of water it takes to cover 1 acre in 1 foot of liquid, normally about 326,000 gallons. A family of four uses about 400 gallons of water daily, the EPA estimates. According to the Department of Water Resources database, Lake Oroville is at 128% of its historical average, which should reassure Californians with memories of the bone-dry lakebed. Just a few years ago, houseboats had to cluster in the middle of the lake as water levels dropped, exposing steep cliffs.” (05/07/24)