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MMWD: Rain Since Feb. 5 Filled Marin Municipal's Three Smallest Reservoirs

By Bay City News Service

 The 15 inches of rain that fell at Lake Lagunitas in the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed between Wednesday and midnight Sunday increased the capacity of the seven reservoirs in the Marin Municipal Water District from 53 to 64 percent of capacity, district spokeswoman Libby Pischel said Monday.

 It also filled the three smallest reservoirs: Phoenix, Lagunitas and Bon Tempe, Libby said.

 A water gauge monitored by the National Weather Service on the 2,339-foot middle peak of Mt. Tamalpais recorded 20 inches. The MMWD uses the gauge at Lake Lagunitas for its measurements.

 Libby said the deluge over the weekend was an unusual amount.

 "It helps quite a bit," Pischel said. "Going from 53 to 64 percent capacity in one week makes a difference."    

On Jan. 21, the district's board of directors requested a 25 percent voluntary reduction of water use. Pischel said that remains in effect, and the District will re-evaluate the water supply outlook and conservation measures in April.

State and local water officials said despite the recent heavy rain, drought conditions still exist. The North Bay received the brunt and benefit of the recent storms.

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Tina McMillan February 12, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Renee: If you are the new editor can you provide an email address to make requests? Thanks.
Michael February 12, 2014 at 06:03 PM
and aren't we all a bit tired of hearing the talking heads on TV (masquerading as real meteorologists) tell us "... and even though we had considerable rain it did NOTHING towards the drought"? Really NOTHING? How lame can these people be. This rain did considerable to assist us in moving out of drought conditions and Yes we still have a long way to go. Perhaps TV stations should hire weather people with some actual weather skills and stop focusing on providing us with simply women with good looks who point at at a screen while reading off of a monitor. Jeez!
Elvis February 14, 2014 at 04:06 AM
obviously the rain helped Marin county a great deal, but I am much more concerned with other communities like Willits that literally were down to 3 months of water in their reservoir. they were so low that it is was less than 10% of capacity! what about the snow pack in the sierras, or even nearer counties like contra costa ? that is what I would like to know.

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