SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. – One of many poster-lake photographs for the California drought in 2016 was Cachuma Lake within the Santa Ynez Valley when it dropped right down to a muddy stage of seven p.c surrounded by brown hills.
This morning after spectacular rains and a direct runoff from the Santa Ynez watershed it’s rising to inside 15 toes of the spill stage at Bradbury Dam.
This weeks rain within the San Marcos Cross space close to the lake got here in at over seven inches.
Upstream, Gibraltar reservoir, a Metropolis of Santa Barbara provide supply, is at 100 p.c. It spills into the Santa Ynez River, gushes over Paradise Street and that feeds Cachuma Lake.
Cachuma is a crucial provide of water for South County water districts from Goleta to Carpinteria.
The Santa Barbara County hydrology report reveals the lake at 78.5 p.c of capability, and it’s rising with the continued runoff from regular rain on and off since Sunday.
That, mixed with a moist climate patter not too long ago has led to a tremendous turnaround for the crucial water supply.
(Extra info and video will probably be posted right here later at this time.)
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