Rainfall continues to be well below average this winter, at less than half of average for this date. Reservoir levels, while below average, are higher than might be expected, thanks to last year’s rainfall, which was heavy even into the summer months. Although on the low side, the reservoirs are not expected to reach drought levels this year.
Here are the current water statistics:
Rainfall: Rainfall from July 1, 2011 to February 27, 2012 totals 18.45 inches. Average for the same period is 39.06 inches.
Reservoir Levels: As of February 27, reservoir levels are 76 percent of capacity, or 60,772 acre-feet.* The average for this date is 88 percent (70,363 acre-feet).
Water Use: Water use for the last seven days averaged 17.9 million gallons, higher than last year’s average of 15.4 million gallons.
Creek Releases: During the month of January 2012 MMWD released 547 million gallons, or a total of 1,679 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin. We release water throughout the year to maintain adequate flows for the fishery per our agreement with the State of California. We have released more water every month this winter than last to help make up for the lack of rain this year.
Current water use and reservoir figures can be found on our homepage.
*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.