Folsom, Calif.- The first rains of the season have finally arrived along with new splash of optimism of a wetter than average year ahead. Locally, firefighters will be getting a tremendous helping hand battling the Mosquito Fire which has scorched roughly 120 square miles in Placer and El Dorado counties.
After dropping to 22 percent, Folsom now starts the rainy season at 39 percent of average. Lake Oroville, which at one point was forced to shut off it hydropower after dropping to 22 percent, now sits at 36 percent according to the California Department of Water Resources. Bullards Bar remains a relatively bright spot at over 100 percent of average and sits at 69% capacity.
Drought updates and status of California’s 10 largest reservoirs.
Cities throughout California have tightened water restrictions in an effort to navigate extreme drought. Communities such as Roseville and Folsom have mandated 20 percent cutbacks. Lawn watering restrictions in Roseville are being reduced to two days per week in September, while in Mendocino County, wells have run dry as the community has been forced to import water by the truck load.
Did You Know?
Taller than the Hoover Dam, the Lake Oroville Dam at 770 feet is the tallest in the United States.
An acre foot is approximately 326,000 gallons. The average U.S. household is estimated to use between one half to one acre foot per year.