Drone: Stunning view of Sacramento floodgates opening for first time in 11 years

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  1. Waterbaby

    Waterbaby Administrator Staff Member

    Too bad this isn't going into Lake Powell instead of the Pacific Ocean.....

    Drone: Stunning view of Sacramento floodgates opening for first time in 11 years

  2. Waterbaby

    Waterbaby Administrator Staff Member

    Shasta Dam releasing water, too....


    Water released from Shasta Spillway for first time in 6 years
    By: Kelli Saam
    Posted: Jan 12, 2017 11:15 AM PST

    Updated: Jan 12, 2017 11:53 AM PST

    Courtesy: Jim Hewlitt

    SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - For the first time in six years, water was released Thursday down the spillway at Shasta Dam. As of 10 a.m. water was flowing from five of the openings on the dam, creating a rare display of water cascading down the front of the dam.

    The release is part of increased water releases this week to make room for more water from storm runoff.


    This week the Bureau of Reclamation incrementally increased releases below Keswick Dam from 14,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 19,000 cfs on Wednesday.

    Releases increased up to 36,000 cfs Thursday morning. The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. If inflows continue to increase or start to decrease, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice.

    Shasta Reservoir, located 10 miles north of Redding, provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, and environmental and salinity-control requirements in the Bay-Delta.

    People recreating in or along the Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions.

    Midnight reservoir elevation and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation's Central Valley Operations Office website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf.

    Current Sacramento River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources' California Data Exchange Center website at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/upsacto1Stages.html.

    The Northstate has already received the average rainfall for the entire month of January just a week and a half into the month.

    Shasta Lake is currently at 126 percent of the historical average.