Central Coast reservoirs declining, photos

November 6, 2016

After five years of drought, California reservoirs are only at an average of 46.4 percent of their capacity. With photos taken by the Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 satellites, you can view the changes to four Central Coast reservoirs during the past 15 years.

Both the 2001 and 2016 pictures were taken the same month, in either October or September.


1. Lake San Antonio






In 2001, Lake San Antonio crossed the border to northern San Luis Obispo County. Now it is located entirely in Monterey County.


2. Santa Margarita Lake





Santa Margarita Lake is located several miles southeast of Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County.


3. Lake Cachuma





Lake Cachuma is located in central Santa Barbara County, on the Santa Ynez River.


4. Lake Casitas





Lake Casitas is located in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

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It not the size that counts, it is what your are willing to pay for it. Catalina Island surely is about tourism and for that the locals have had a 100 percent increase in their water rates, some even come to the main land to do their laundry. When the water slows the money flows.

Biggest question of all is where is the picture of Naci? This is a grand travesty and the SLO staff and Council should be ashamed of their deluded conclusions that there is enough water for every project that comes along! It makes one wonder how they sleep at night, or are they just so uninformed (I’m being kind here) that they really need to see these photos, AND one of Naci. We have begged them to recognize the truth about the water. They just insult us when we bring up these inconvenient facts. It is just not right for a city staff who obviously does not “get” the true water situation to the point they are allowing a catastrophe of massive proportions to overtake us likely in a few short years. Thanks CC for printing the truth. How about one last photo overlay of Naci.

Aw shucks folks, there’s plenty of water. Look at all that blue in the pictures. Anyway, the SLO city council told me there’s plenty, so it must be true. Oh, and that little puddle at San Antonio’s just temporary. Monterey Co is going to build a tunnel from Naci to SAntonio to move our Naci water up there and refill the lake. No kidding. So, see, there are solutions!

Property for 600 new home sites is being graded in SLO along Tank Farm Road, just east of the SPRR tracks. Water sources are not known.

But by all means—let’s keep building…….

This should be considered the new normal and building (development) should be couched in these terms. Asking residents to curtail water usage by 35% and then approving new hotels shows just how far up dark places our elected officials heads are.

So I wonder if Arroyo Grande city council members Jim Guthrie, Barbara Harmon, and Kristen Barniech were to take a look at these pictures and one of Lopez Lake and still say no to a building moratorium? And Barniech wants us to keep her on the council, not hardly.

Lets just keep building and let long time residents suffer, the developers always seem to have a magical water source. Great article.

Interesting and a very well done presentation. Hats off to whoever put it together.