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Lake Looks
updated: Mar 14, 2014, 8:05 AM

By John Wiley

In these pix after and before all the recent rains Gibraltar and Jameson reservoirs looked very different, NOT! I was amazed at how similar the water levels were February 25 compared with March 10. Gibraltar shows the most change, as you can see in the first pic after rain compared with the second before rain. But it's not much, given there was nine inches or so back there! The shore of Jameson extends only a few steps further East in the before pic, than in the last pic taken after.

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UPDATE: Additional information provided by an edhat subscriber.
County data shows the lake levels and storage for Lake Cachuma since 1985. It was full in 1987 and dropped to about 25,000 af in 1991before rising up to current levels due to the Miracle March rains of that year. Other data show the City's water use at about 16,000 af/yr in 1985 and dropping to below 10,000 af/yr by 1991, a reduction of 37.5%. Current water use is still less than 16,000 even with all of our additional development.

See the charts from SB County at CountyofSB.org

 

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