The drought may not be officially over yet, but it's amazing what a difference a few storms have made this year for one important area of our water world: Isabella Lake.

ISABELLA LAKE INFLOW

Isabella Lake is fed by the North and South forks of the Kern River, with the North Fork being the main contributor.

In January 2015, Isabella's total inflow was 151 cubic feet per second (CFS), almost exclusively from the North Fork.

In January 2017, total inflow is 1,623 CFS with 1,330 CFS coming from the North Fork.

— Army Corps of Engineers

LAKE LEVEL

In January 2015, Isabella Lake held 44,804 acre feet.

As of Jan. 25, 2017, the lake held 207,547 acre feet.

The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to allow the lake up to 245,000 acre feet. But that could change when manual snow surveys come in Feb. 7 or 8, according to Kern River Water Master Dana Munn.  

The Corps wants to keep Isabella at a maximum 360,000 acre feet because of dam safety concerns. Depending on the manual snow surveys and the forecast for more accumulation and runoff, the Corps could order higher water releases from the lake.

— Kern River Water Master/Army Corps of Engineers

OUTFLOW

In January 2015, only 151 CFS per day was coming out of Isabella Lake, mainly to feed lower river power plants.

As of Jan. 25, 2017, the corps was releasing 800 CFS per day.

— Army Corps of Engineers

Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lois Henry. Her column runs Wednesdays and Sundays. Comment at http://www.bakersfield.com, call her at 395-7373 or email lhenry@bakersfield.com

 

LOIS HENRY ONLINE

Read archived columns by Lois Henry at http://bakersfield.com/columnists/lois-henry.

 

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.