California’s Two Largest Reservoirs Are Back Above Historical Averages

March 16, 2016

Finally, there is some good news related to the water levels in California. The state has finally received a life-saving influx of water.

Just a few months ago, the two largest reservoirs in California were beginning to look more like deserts than bodies of water, but thanks to El Nino bringing in a spate of rain-filled storms in March, the Shasta Reservoir and Lake Oroville have not only risen back to their historical average levels, but they have exceeded them, and the waters could continue to rise in the weeks to come, according to CityLab.

Neither reservoir has reached its historical average in nearly three years. By April, both reservoirs could be completely filled, which hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the drought. It isn’t all good news, however, as many southern reservoirs still remain below their average levels.

Still, seeing the Shasta Reservoir at 106 percent of its historical average and Lake Oroville at 101 percent of its historical average, especially with how quickly it happened, has prompted many to refer to it as a “March Miracle.”

To see an infographic of all of California’s major reservoirs and their current levels, follow the link below.

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