Reclamation announces Shasta non-critical water year

By on June 9, 2020
Lake Shasta Reservoirs

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake is currently projected to be greater than 3.2 million acre-feet and declared we are in a “Shasta Non-Critical” year.

The California Department of Water Resources published an updated Bulletin 120 last week that  shows a large increase in Shasta Lake inflow since the May 1 forecast. The forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake is now greater than 3.2 million acre-feet, changing the previous determination of a “Shasta Critical” to “Shasta Non-Critical” water year as defined in certain Central Valley Project contracts.

A Shasta critical year is declared when the forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake, (the cornerstone reservoir in the federal Central Valley Project), is at or below 3.2 million acre-feet. Storage in the reservoir as of mid-April was just over 3.7 million acre-feet.

The Central Valley Project serves farms, homes and industry in the Central Valley, San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. The project provides water for 6 of the top 10 agricultural counties in California.

Central Valley Project water supply updates are posted at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html.