As Northern California is receiving the brunt force of El Niño storm cycles we have seen some truly epic conditions in the mountains but the downstream effects are positive as well. The precipitation that brings smiles across the faces of ski bums has also been filling up the drought stricken reservoirs of Northern California. In the case of the Lake Oroville Reservoir, quite dramatically so.
On December 9, 2015 Lake Oroville was in danger of recording its lowest water level ever but just 10 days later the level had risen an incredible 20ft!
We aren’t out of the woods yet as far as California water shortages go but the snowpack in the Sierras is promising and all signs point to a continuing trend for snowy conditions.
So next time you are flowing through the Tahoe deepness, you can take secondary pleasure in the fact that its filling up the coffers of our depleted water resources.