Western Farm Press –
Pumping into San Luis Reservoir in Central California has been running at maximum capacity in the wake of recent storms.
California Department of Water Resources Spokesman Ted Thomas said the state increased its pumping on Dec. 11 to 6,680 cubic feet per second, the maximum allowed under law to protect Delta Smelt populations near the pumps.
Pumping levels will soon be cut back, Thomas said, because of Smelt populations near the pumps.
As it stands, San Luis Reservoir had nearly 650,000 acre feet of storage as of Dec. 14, an increase of more than 161,000 acre feet since the first of the month. Thomas says that is about 32 percent of capacity, or about half of what the agency likes to have in the reservoir by this date.