Water capture

I enjoyed a nice bottle of Pinot last night. Then I didn’t enjoy the workout this morning – it hurt. Thus, I have a new name for my wine cellar – The Hurt Locker.


The news is full of dire news about rain and flooding in a lot of California, but there is an upside. Lakes and reservoirs are refilling, fast.

The table below shows the changes in the water level of the state’s 15 largest lakes by volume, with water level measured in feet above average sea level.

LakeWater Level (ft MSL) 12/26/22Water Level (ft MSL) 01/09/23Change in water level (ft)
Shasta Lake921942+21
Lake Oroville673735+62
Trinity Lake2,1892,204+15
New Melones Lake883908+25
San Luis Reservoir412430+18
Don Pedro Reservoir737765+28
Lake Berryessa*394401+7
Lake AlmanorN/AN/AN/A
Folsom Lake386406+20
Lake McClure676735+59
Pine Flat Lake766801+35
New Bullards Bar Reservoir1,8611,890+29
Diamond Valley LakeN/AN/AN/A
Lake Tahoe6,2236,224+1
Lake Havasu447448+1

Source: Lakes Online *Lake Berryessa data from Solano County Water Agency

A rise of more than sixty feet of water in some lakes in less than a month! And that’s without the snow melt. From where I sit (not flooded), this all sounds pretty great.

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