Recent rains help reservoir levels

SACRAMENTO - California relies on the winter months to supply its watersheds and so far, February has been productive. Sacramento has received three inches of rain.

Still though, area reservoirs are running extremely low.

The majority of California's water supply reservoirs are located in the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River watersheds. There is an eight-station precipitation index that gauges the amount of water for the region.

The gauges are at Mount Shasta City, Shasta Dam, Mineral, Quincy, Brush Creek, Sierraville, Blue Canyon and Pacific House.

With the recent rain and snow, water levels in the reservoirs have increased slightly. Shasta is currently at 37 percent of capacity and Oroville is 39 percent of capacity. Folsom has increased to 29 percent of capacity. Just last week it was at 17 percent.

It takes more than the rain to fill the reservoirs. The region also relies on snow melt during the spring. Because of the unseasonable warm conditions, there has already veen some runoff.

There is still up to five feet of snow at area ski resorts. Sierra-at-Tahoe has a 68-inch base. Kirkwood's base is 62 inches.


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