Lake Mendocino approaching record-low water levels |

Lake Mendocino approaching record-low water levels

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) ” Local officials are concerned about low water levels at Lake Mendocino that may prompt severe restrictions if they don’t see rain soon.

The man-made reservoir, a primary source of water for local water districts from Redwood Valley to Healdsburg, is already at one of its lowest levels since it was built in 1959.

The lake’s level on Tuesday was 712.3 feet above sea level. The record low or 688.7 feet was set in 1977, after two years of the worst drought of the 20th century.

Don Butow, chairman of the Redwood Valley Water District and a local grape grower, says the area needs some heavy rain within the next six weeks. If that doesn’t happen, he says, the district plans to impose a 75 percent cutback in available water for domestic consumption.


Information from: The Press Democrat,

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