California drought: Marin County’s reservoirs dip to just 36% capacity

Marin County, California (KGO)-With 88% of California’s extreme or exceptional drought conditions, counties across the Bay Area are preparing for dryness in the coming years.

The Bay Area Council hosted a panel on Thursday to discuss the current situation and solutions.

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“Sadly, almost 45% of the states are characterized as exceptional droughts,” said Bill Sloan of the Bay Area Council. “When we get there, the fields are fallow, the orchards are removed, the vegetable yields are reduced, the fires are very expensive … and again and again.”

Reservoirs throughout the Bay Area, which supply millions of inhabitants, are becoming increasingly depleted. In Marin County, images of the Nicasio Reservoir show that it is surprisingly low.

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The Nicasio Reservoir is one of seven reservoirs in Marin County. As of September 15, 2021, the total reservoir accounted for only 36% of the total capacity, according to the Marin City Water District. This is about half the average storage during this period.

At this point last year, the capacity of the reservoir was 68%. Average storage in mid-September is 72%.

“It’s not hard to say that things aren’t right right now,” Sloan said.

And they are not good across the state.

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Gary Kremen, vice president of District 7 of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, said preparations for the next few years would require more than just water storage. He said their district is working on a new way to recycle wastewater.

“We have signed a 76-year contract with the city of Palo Alto to turn a wastewater treatment plant into both reclaimed and drinking water,” said Kremen.

Marin County is also working on new solutions such as: $ 65 Million Emergency Water Pipeline Proposal Cross the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

“Conservation, conservation,” said Clement. “But that alone is not enough to get out of the situation we are in.”

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