Northern California reservoirs drained during drought

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re “Capital weather set on repeat cycle: Warm and dry” (Our Region, Jan. 21): Poor water management of rivers and reservoirs by the Brown and Obama administrations has exacerbated the impact of the drought. Last summer, high water releases down the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers left Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs at dangerously low levels. Shasta is at 36 percent of capacity and 54 percent of average; Oroville, 36 percent of capacity and 54 percent of average; and Folsom, 7 percent of capacity and 34 percent of average. Yet Pyramid Lake in Southern California is at 98 percent of capacity and 105 percent of average; and Castaic Reservoir, 86 percent of capacity and 105 percent of average. The state and federal water agencies exported massive quantities of water to agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies, endangering local water supplies and fish populations as the ecosystem continues to collapse.

-- Dan Bacher, Sacramento

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