Friday Top of the Scroll: High-tech forecasting model scores scientific win at Lake Mendocino, showing promise for Western reservoirs
Sandbars are spreading across rain-starved Lake Mendocino, the reservoir near Ukiah that is 35 feet lower than it was a year ago, a grim wintertime sight for the second major source of water for more than 655,000 people in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties. But the situation would be considerably worse without the payoff from a six-year, $50 million project applying high-tech weather forecasting to management of the reservoir behind Coyote Valley Dam built on the East Fork of the Russian River in 1958.
- Sonoma Water news release: New Report Confirms Benefits of Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations at Lake Mendocino
- Center for Western Weather & Water Extremes report: Lake Mendocino Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations