As several years of dought claims California reservoirs, wecomed rain and snow begins to fall on the Golden State.
While certainly not sufficient to break the drought, reports are coming in that some reservoirs may actually see an increase in water storage over the coming days as runoff begins to have an impact on storage. Still, water levels are abysmally low, and in some cases are lower than 1976-1977 levels.
Shasta Dam was built during the Great Depression and provided work to more than 4,700 people. It now holds back 4.55 million acre feet of water from the McCloud, Pit and Sacramento rivers. The reservoir level in early 2014 fell more than 100 feet from the crest of the dam. Because snowpack was seriously lacking in the river watersheds, state officials announced a "Shasta Critical" year, setting the stage for severe water cutbacks to downstream users along the Sacramento River, including thousands of acres of farmland in the Sacramento Valley.
This scene is typically referred to as "The Three Shastas," for its view of Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano that last erupted in 1786.