Reservoir levels rising in SLO County

March 8, 2016
Lopez lake

Lopez lake

While reservoir levels remain low in San Luis Obispo County, they are increasing noticeably as a result of this year’s rainfall. [KSBY]

Lake Nacimiento has risen 16 feet since the beginning of January. Lake General Manager Mark Sandoval said he is counting on it rising another 15 feet.

As of last week, Lake Nacimiento was at 27 percent capacity. It was at 19 percent capacity in December.

Earlier this year, workers moved Lake Nacimiento’s marina 100 feet up the shoreline.

Last week, Whale Rock Reservoir was at 35 percent capacity, Lopez Lake was just below 30 percent capacity and Santa Margarita Lake was just under 15 percent. Over the past few days, rainfall in some areas of the county has exceeded five inches.

Locations like Templeton are approaching their yearly rainfall averages. Templeton has received 12.52 inches since last July. Its annual rainfall average is 14.7 inches.

Rocky Butte near San Simeon has received 32.7 inches since last July. Its yearly average is 39 inches.

More rain is forecasted for this week.


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11 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    It seems that any city only needs a tax base for what exists at this time with the given water supply that they have, that for the most part, is already challenged. Therefore, to continue to build with any additional water not being obtained in an absolute manner in a drought period is unthinkable.

    What am I missing?

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  2. Gordo says:

    Time for building moratoriums like we had during the last big drought in the 80’s.

    Many of the CSD’s have in effect created moratoriums by not issuing Will Serve letters to developers and some districts, such as Avila Beach, will be unable to actually allow building projects to hook up to the water supply upon completion of construction due to the severity of their water shortages.

    The city councils and the County Board of Supervisors simply need to bite the bullet and institute new building moratoriums countywide until the crisis is resolved.

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  3. jimmy_me says:

    The new full: our local reservoirs are nearing 1/3 capacity towards the end of the rainy season!

    (14) 14 Total Votes - 14 up - 0 down
  4. abigchocoholic says:

    Locations like Templeton are approaching their yearly rainfall averages.
    ———————-
    Gee, how impressive.

    Not.

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  5. Rambunctious says:

    Time to blowup the tubes! Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaa!

    (6) 6 Total Votes - 6 up - 0 down
  6. horse_soldier says:

    Pray for more!

    (13) 17 Total Votes - 15 up - 2 down
    • Ted Slanders says:

      horse_soldier,

      You’re correct, but when one prays to Yahweh god if you’re a Christian, remember to do it in private and not in a church or where you can be seen by others as Jesus so stated. Prayer only can be done in private by yourself. (Matthew 6: 5-8)

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  7. TWEEKSBALMER says:

    So our brilliant leaders will continue to build, they need the fees. They’ll just charge us more for water and figure out more taxes.

    (21) 23 Total Votes - 22 up - 1 down
  8. Jorge Estrada says:

    As long as new development entitlements continue to be greater than the available resources, plan on paying more for less. Government never allows a disaster to go unfunded, especially the ones they help create. This is the relevance I read here, a public notice to pay attention to what actually will be rising.

    (19) 21 Total Votes - 20 up - 1 down

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