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Feb 24

Reservoirs Above Average in Spite of Dry Spell

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM by Ann Vallee

Thanks to heavy rains in December and January, MMWD's reservoirs are still above average in spite of the warm, dry conditions in the first half of February. Additional rain is still welcome, however. The reservoirs have some capacity remaining and local waterways will benefit from any rainstorms that come our way in the next few months.  

Here are the latest water statistics:

Reservoir Levels: As of February 23, reservoir storage is 78,719 acre-feet,* or 99% of capacity. The average for this date is 69,611 acre-feet, or 87% of capacity.   

Rainfall: Rainfall this year to date (July 1, 2015 - February 23, 2016) is 33.30 inches. Average for the same period is 37.57 inches; last year on this date we had 36.86 inches.

Water Use: Water use for the week ending February 23 averaged 14.68 million gallons per day, lower than last year when water use for the week was 16.19 million gallons per day.

Creek Releases: During the month of January 2016 MMWD released 176 million gallons, or 541 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin for habitat enhancement.    

Visit our Water Watch page for daily updates.

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons 


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