Auroville – Lake Auroville probably reached its limit last month when the lake level was a little less than 777 feet.
The Department of Water Resources said the lake reached its peak storage for this water year on May 8 at an elevation of 776.95 feet and 1.94 million acre feet — nearly 400,000 acre feet from the peak in 2021.
“The water year ends on 30 September and it is unlikely that we will see significant rainfall before that time,” DWR officials said in an email.
The DWR said the lake’s higher peak levels this year could be attributed to a record-setting atmospheric riverbed in October 2021 and a strong snowfall in December 2021.
The lake is still below the average peak for the season, the DWR said, as the northern state saw below average rainfall this year and experienced the driest January, February and March in 100 years.
The lake level on Friday measured 766 feet, which is about 68 feet below the 2022 level and 43 feet below the level measured in 2022.
All four paved boat ramps at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area are currently active, the DWR said and the lake level is forecast to drop about 675 feet using the boat ramp at Bidwell Canyon.
On August 5, 2021, the Edward Hyatt Powerplant – which sits beneath the Oroville Dam – was shut down for the first time in its history as the water level dropped to 641.93 feet, which is less than the minimum amount of water required for operation. was close.
DWR said it expects the power plant to be able to continue its hydropower generation for the rest of the year.