Jameson Lake Over the Top

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Source: Montecito Water Protection District

While rainfall was relatively light over Montecito and Summerland during the night, Jameson Lake received an additional 1.63” over its watershed, causing Juncal Dam to spill this morning at approximately 4:30 A.M. (February 3, 2019). Spilling for the first time since 2011, the lake is now at 100% capacity, approximately 5,144 acre-feet with its storage elevation of 2,223.87 feet. This is great news for the District’s water supply, although water quality issues resulting from the Thomas Fire incident remain a challenge.

No major system damage was identified on Saturday, February 2, 2019, as Montecito Water District’s field crews worked from dawn until dark inspecting pipelines and other critical infrastructure. 

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JB86 Feb 04, 2019 06:51 PM
Jameson Lake Over the Top

Only problem is that the water is contaminated by burn-area runoff and can't currently be treated to state standards, though the operators are working on a method to do that, involving aeration.

a-1553632539 Feb 04, 2019 03:10 PM
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Recent report on CA reservoirs: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/reportapp/javareports?name=rescond.pdf

RHS Feb 04, 2019 03:07 PM
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Pitmix: 1. State Water is available to us in competition with others. If competitors have water they either don't get a share or sell it to more needy folks. For the past decade or so the northern part of the state has had excess water. The only reason there is not even more excess is that big agriculture has decided to grow water intensive crops (alfalfa, almonds and such) in places that were not being cultivated before. Their "need" for water accounts for about 90% of the demand. If they only were more appropriate in their use of the stuff (no flood irrigation for example) there would be enough for even them. As it is, we are being frightened into expenditures that are not needed and benefit really rich and profitable corporations. 2. We do not live on Cachuma water and have not done so for a couple of decades. People are being frightened by pictures of a low level and imagine us drinking muddy remnants. State Water (as noted) is constantly being put into this reservoir and is then released to the Santa Ynez River and south coast people. Don't fall for the photos. It is more like emptying your toilet tank and then watching it refill. 3. Desal is mostly for the benefit of the company that has sold us that system and will continue to sell us the costly maintenance as well as Montecito people who have been stopped from pumping our their own ground water and now want more of this stuff for their estates. Amazingly they actually got SB to pay for a huge share of this expansion which is all for them. 4. Desal is harmful to the environment both in the intake process and the discharge of the highly toxic brine. These things happen in the shallow waters were most marine life is created and lives. 5. Recycling of sewage is a better proposition as it avoids both the items of problem 4 AND reduces the amount of treated sewage being sent into the ocean near our beaches and fisheries. 6. ETC.

RHS Feb 05, 2019 09:07 AM
Jameson Lake Over the Top

Please show a little skepticism to what the City tells us. They have an agenda to build edifices, not necessarily to do what needs to be done. For example, replacing the main water lines in a more timely fashion would be extremely cost effective but is not being done as it is not "sexy" enough.

PitMix Feb 05, 2019 08:43 AM
Jameson Lake Over the Top

RHS, let me know when you get SB to accept toilet to tap water. Nobody else in California will accept that, and I don't think we will be the first. Everybody else puts into the ground for at least 6 months first. Yes we can buy excess state water during wet years, bank it somewhere, and then have it delivered to us. But that is not a reliable source during a drought. City has on their website a pie chart of water sources during a non-drought year: 55% Lake Cachuma, 2% state water, Gibralter 27%, groundwater 11%, recycled water for irrigation 5%. Be interesting to see how that has changed during the past drought but they don't show that data.

tagdes Feb 04, 2019 03:00 PM
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As of 2:30 pm today Cachuma is up to 44.9 %. Should go from half empty to half full later today :>)

Factotum Feb 04, 2019 03:48 PM
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How many days after a major storm does water still run into Cachuma now that upstream reservoirs are full?

PitMix Feb 04, 2019 01:14 PM
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RHS, everything I read in reliable sources says what you are saying is wrong. State water is only available in wet years, when you don't have anywhere to store it. Lake Cachuma gained another 9% with this last storm, but it wasn't too long ago when it was down to below 10%. The fact that is has been down that low twice in the last 30 years means that it is not a reliable source for us. Put in some solar panels, use the sun to power the desal plant, and sit back and enjoy a glass of wine and the satisfaction of a job well done.

RHS Feb 04, 2019 10:30 AM
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So glad we are spending another $100M on desalination. Rain is erratic by season in CA but reliable over long term. In addition we have, of course, state water which has a mostly full capacity and large amounts of snow melt waiting. Fools never learn.

SantaBarbaraObserver Feb 05, 2019 08:56 AM
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That's odd considering the beaches are covered in the stuff...

Factotum Feb 04, 2019 03:46 PM
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Environmental regulations prohibit transporting the reservoir silt, which makes its removal far too costly. Why not transport it build sea wall to protect against rising sea levels?

SantaBarbaraObserver Feb 04, 2019 11:47 AM
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I too am impressed by our city and county staff for taking advantage of the record low levels in our reservoirs over the last 8 years to remove the massive amounts of debris and silt build-up that has impacted their capacity. (sarcasm)

Misterranger Feb 04, 2019 09:40 AM
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That must really hurt to have a sharp metal hook in your throat.

Yeti Feb 03, 2019 02:07 PM
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I hope that it is spinning a turbine and making some electricity for our grid.. great source of carbon free energy.

a-1553632539 Feb 03, 2019 03:39 PM
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It is upstream (spills to) Gibraltar, which does have a hydroelectric component and is also currently spilling at 100%

Z Feb 03, 2019 02:35 PM
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It spills for a few weeks every few years. Probably not near worth putting in a generator and transmission lines.

Flicka Feb 03, 2019 01:46 PM
Jameson Lake Over the Top

Great news. We had a friend the caretaker there, 50 years ago. We went when the dam was spilling and our friend let us fish in the pond just below it. Our children (5, 6, &7 yrs)were thrilled, their first fishing experience and the fish coming over were biting like crazy.

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