Current Water Supply Conditions and Outlook
July 19, 2016
Last week 0.38 inches and 0.20 inches of precipitation were recorded in our Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River watersheds, respectively.
Chester Morse Lake at the Overflow Dike is at elevation 1559.9 feet, about 0.7 feet lower than last week, and about 2.8 feet above its long term average (based on the years 1989 to 2005). Masonry Pool Reservoir at Masonry Dam is at elevation 1559.8 feet, about 0.7 feet lower than last week, and about 3.4 feet above its long term average. The South Fork Tolt Reservoir at the South Fork Tolt Dam is at elevation 1755.3 feet, about 1.2 feet lower than last week, and about 2.5 feet below its long term average. Water releases from reservoir storage are actively being managed for water supply, hydropower, fish habitat and flood management objectives for both the Cedar and South Fork Tolt Rivers.
Water consumption for the previous seven days averaged approximately 153 mgd. That is less than the 188 mgd consumed during the same period last year, and less than the average of 189 mgd used during the same period over the years 1999-2008.