California Latino Water Coalition News

Flood releases tell a tale of water storage needs

By Mario Santoyo

January 4, 2011

At 1 p.m. on the day after Christmas, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operator stepped to the controls at Friant Dam, made some adjustments and sent a flow of several hundred cubic feet per second into the San Joaquin River from storm-swollen storage in Millerton Lake. Two days later, the release was boosted into the thousands of cubic feet per second. It was the beginning of what could be a significant flood release but was hardly unique. During and after the drenching December storms, flood releases were ordered to begin at dams on rivers from one end of the Central Valley to the other...Read the full article