Reservoirs: A foot here, a foot there

Reservoirs did climb following the storms over the weekend, but not all of them saw such a dramatic increase as much-publicized Folsom Lake.

Reservoirs serving the Stockton area saw a far more modest bump, reflecting the fact that less precipitation fell farther to the south.

New Hogan Lake went up a little more than a foot, gaining an additional 2,000 acre feet of storage and improving from 65 percent of normal to 67 percent of normal, according to state data. New Hogan is one of Stockton’s primary drinking water sources. City officials said recently they’re not sure how much water they’ll receive from that source.

New Melones Lake, on the Stanislaus River, also went up about a foot and improved from 72 percent of normal to 73 percent of normal. That’s another source for Stockton.

Pardee Lake, on the Mokelumne River, saw the best rise among local reservoirs as it climbed 3 feet and improved from 87 percent to 90 percent of normal.

The state’s largest reservoir, Shasta, went up only 8 inches. Of course, Shasta is also enormous so it takes more rain to cause an increase.

Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake went up 8 feet and 20 feet, respectively.

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