More Water Needed in South County Reservoirs

March 15, 2016

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High water doesn’t last long on the volatile Nacimiento River

News of reservoirs reaching capacity has been coming in from around Northern and Central California this week but, for the Salinas Valley, water remains a problem.

As of this morning, the San Antonio Reservoir holds a measly 18,875 acre feet of water. That’s just 6% of capacity and more than 4,000 acre feet less than what’s considered to be its “minimum pool.” Since the lake hit its all-time low of 10,254 acre feet at the beginning of the year, El Niño rains have added less than 9,000 acre feet to storage. And there isn’t a lot of rainy season left. Read the rest of this entry »


Seawater Intrusion and the Drought

May 10, 2015

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Salinas River Mouth

There’s a giant hole under the city of Salinas; a hole that stretches all the way across the valley from the mouth of Toro Creek to the base of Fremont Peak. There, on the East Side, it reaches its greatest depth; more than 100 feet below sea level. It’s a hole in the head elevation of the groundwater table and it’s the reason why the Salinas Valley has a seawater intrusion problem. Read the rest of this entry »


Rain Gets Rivers Flowing, But Water Still in Short Supply

March 5, 2014

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Not much water flowed into the Carmel River Lagoon

Last week’s rain marked the first serious winter storm to hit the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast since December, 2012. It was badly needed.

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