Rainfall in April totaled 2.97 inches, approximately 75 percent of the month’s average of 3.74 inches. But it was enough to keep the reservoir storage levels well above average (110 percent) and to delay the start of the irrigation season.
Here are the current water statistics:
Reservoir Levels: As of April 30, reservoir levels are 99.8 percent of capacity, or 77,389 acre-feet.* The average for this date is 90.5 percent (72,030 acre-feet).
Rainfall: Rainfall from July 1, 2011, to March 28, 2012, totals 40.17 inches. Average for the same period is 50.42 inches.
Water Use: Water use for the last seven days averaged 20.7 million gallons, slightly lower than last year’s average of 21.3 million gallons.
Creek Releases: During the month of March 2012 MMWD released 311 million gallons, or a total of 956 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.