Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

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Cachuma Lake in October 2018 (left) and March 2019 (right)

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I was looking at images from the Cachuma webcam and it's a pretty amazing difference from October 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019.

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RHS Mar 07, 2019 08:58 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Current report on Cachuma Reservoir is that it is at 68% of capacity. Should it reach capacity water will spill into the Santa Ynez River basin and replenish it as well as reaching the sea and maintaining the river as a ecosystem. All good.

tagdes Mar 08, 2019 05:33 PM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Today it's at 69.9, which is great. It went up about 5% in the last 2 weeks with about 3-4" of rain in the higher elevations that replenish the reservoirs. With no more measurable rain predicted it could reach 75%. Even with another major event the best would be 80% according to the major hydrologists with basically no chance of spilling this season. Also look at how the chart shows it is filling at a much slower rate the last 2 weeks with only a slight spike from the last storm.

TJTom Mar 07, 2019 08:24 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

The graphs such as the one shown are so misleading. I'll bet that some people think the lake is almost full. (It is only at 65% capacity at this time) I wish they would ditch the specmanship and the "lying with statistics" approach and publish straight forward statistics. A good honest presentation would be percent capacity vs. date and set the the vertical axis range from 0% to 100%

CS805 Mar 07, 2019 11:06 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

There's a '% of capacity chart' on their website too. That's not what the chart above is intending to show.

PitMix Mar 07, 2019 03:26 PM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

30 + 25 +16=71. That's why Goleta has a shortage, they are only getting 71% of their water supply each year! Yes Cachuma is a holding facility for state water. Quoting data from 2017 is misleading as that was the end of a major drought during which State Water was the only thing keeping us going while Cachuma was down to 8%. Basically the pipeline was emptying into Cachuma and the water was being pumped out at the same time. The pipeline only has capacity for the entire City of SB so that water is very precious as it is split among the many entities..

RHS Mar 07, 2019 09:55 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Pitmix: The Cachuma Reservoir is a holding facility for state water and Goleta gets water from Cachuma by tunnel. In the game of water that has plagued this state from its inception it is hard to say for sure "whose water" it is. According to county reports, Goleta gets 30% from SWP, 25% from Cachuma and purchases another 16% which may include SWP. See http://www.waterwisesb.org/where.wwsb

PitMix Mar 07, 2019 09:13 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Goleta water is not state water. Very little of Goleta water comes from the state. majority from local resources. If the Goleta District website is wrong, state your reference for this info.

a-1574383344 Mar 07, 2019 08:59 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Their water is from the State Water Project which we foolishly voted for a few years back.

two abbys Mar 06, 2019 10:10 PM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

The replenishment of the lake is awesome, and it took not five months but less than two. Now that the ground is well saturated, current and future storms will contribute significantly to additional replenishment. For example, the inflow into the lake is currently 2000 cubic feet per second (per County of SB hydrology website).

TripleA Mar 06, 2019 08:56 PM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Wonderful to see the difference...wonder when the "Drought Surcharge" will be removed from our water bills though.

a-1574383344 Mar 07, 2019 11:11 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

The "surcharge" is more for the nonsensical desalination plant than the cost of drought water bought from elsewhere. This cost is basically a sop to Montecito which now does not have to deal with its consumption problems as the people of the city will do so in large part. This is pretty corrupt politics as well.

bigone Mar 07, 2019 10:51 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

To answer the question about "drought surcharge", it's not called that. The increases on your water bill that began in 2018 are somewhat hidden in the "Monthly Service Charge" (a standard 5/8" meter for a single family dwelling in the city) increased by $1.47 (a 6% increase) and the "Wastewater" (sewer) increased by about $2.25 (a 13% increase). It appears that rates will continue to go up through 2020, but is somewhat difficult to decipher from the information provided by the city in their various charts, memorandums, and proposals. This info appears to be based on the "Stage Three" drought alert still showing on your utility bill. Good luck with the city lowering your bill - I think we all know it's easy for government to raise rates and taxes - but evidently impossible to lower them. :)

a-1574383344 Mar 07, 2019 10:05 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

If you are a City of Santa Barbara water customer, there is no "drought surcharge" on your utility bill. Goleta Water District has a drought charge and some other water providers do, as well.

a-1574383344 Mar 07, 2019 09:01 AM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Can you please point out what the "drought surcharge is" and where it can be found on my bill?

a-1574383344 Mar 06, 2019 06:14 PM
Cachuma Lake Growth in 5 Months

Cannot wait to watch Cachuma spill!! Oh happy days are here again. At long last. Not if, but when is it gonna hit the top and flow to the ocean?

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