Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shasta Lake jumped 39 feet in elevation since February 1 and as of Tuesday it was at 85 percent of capacity and only 25 feet from its crest.

Just today, the river just downstream from this started rising, and this afternoon it was starting to flood low areas near the river.  The authorities are getting the water out to make room for the anticipated runoff from all these storms.  The last thing they want is another Oroville.

Folsom Lake east of Sacramento rose 30 feet in January, while Lake Oroville shot up 75 feet in February.

For a reservoir the immense size of Shasta — you could put four and a half Folsom Lakes in Shasta — a 39-foot increase requires substantially more water.

But, will the politicians find a way to waste and/or mismanage all this water?  My prediction is that they will indeed.  Bring the popcorn.


  1. I remember lake Shasta in 1977, it looked like a river down in the valley. When was the last the lake was full?

  2. Water reclamation is a major deal in the West. How many dams could be built for the cost of the 'train to nowhere'?

  3. how is Oroville doing? seems quiet in the news?

  4. How many dams can be built for cost of train to nowhere? In California, zero. That's right. No matter how much money you have you arent ever going to build a dam in california.