This image shows conditions at Lake Oroville and other Northern California reservoirs as of midnight February 15, 2017. California Department of Water Resources
This image shows conditions at Lake Oroville and other Northern California reservoirs as of midnight February 15, 2017. California Department of Water Resources

Water & Drought

How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?

Sacramento Bee Staff

February 16, 2017 03:25 PM

These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Thursday, February 16, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service.

Compare to reservoir and river levels for February 24. For February 23. For February 22. For February 21. For February 18. For February 17, 2017.

RESERVOIR CONDITIONS

ENDING MIDNIGHT, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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This graph shows California reservoirs, with percentage capacity (the first number) and percentage of historical average (the second number). Updated graphs are available here, at “Selected Reservoirs Daily Graphs.”

 

RIVER STAGES, UPPER SACRAMENTO VALLEY

2 P.M. FEBRUARY 16, 2017

This map shows river stages in feet (Ft). The color of the diamond indicates conditions: Green = Normal conditions. Orange = Above monitor. Red = Above flood. Purple = Above danger. White = Missing data. Updated graphs are available here.

 

RIVER STAGES, LOWER SACRAMENTO VALLEY

2 P.M. FEBRUARY 16, 2017

This map shows river stages in feet (Ft). The color of the diamond indicates conditions: Green = Normal conditions. Orange = Above monitor. Red = Above flood. Purple = Above danger. White = Missing data. Updated graphs are available here.

 

Video images recorded from the air on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, show the chewed-up and denuded route taken by water coming over Oroville Dam's emergency spillway when damage to the main spillway required the first-ever use of the alternative path.

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