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Shasta Lake Nears Capacity; Water is Released from Shasta Dam Spillways

Shasta Dam spillways open for the first time in six years. Shasta Dam. Photo by Jon Lewis.

Shasta Dam spillways open for the first time in six years. Shasta Dam. Photo by Jon Lewis.

The Bureau of Reclamation has opened Shasta Dam’s spillways for the first time in six years. The bureau increased the release to about 36,000 CFS (cubic feet per second).

Photo by Jon Lewis.

Photo by Jon Lewis.

As of Thursday afternoon, the lake held 3.76 million acre-feet of water and was 28.43 feet from the crest. The inflow from melted snow and rain-swollen creeks and rivers was 56,861 CFS on Wednesday.

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.

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