UPDATED–With no rain in the immediate future, many reservoirs and water districts are taking stock of their individual situations. And most are looking good.

That’s the case across the street at Lake Elsinore where, as of the latest report (around 3 p.m.) a steady flow of about 20 cubic feet per second has flowed from the Canyon Lake Dam on the San Jacinto River for more than 48 hours–this even after the storms. (And finally diminishing after 4 a.m. Friday morning.) That was the equivalent of 630 acre feet, or about one fifth of the natural lake’s acre-footage.

That “extra” water, along with the roughly 3.5 million gallons a day of reclaimed water (about 10 acre feet) will surely provide a buffer against evaporation–especially once the summer hits. Twelve months of non-stop reclaimed water serves to limit evaporation to only 2 vertical feet, rather than the four feet that has been normal since the lake was rewatered in the 1960’s.

What is most promising is the fact the lake is almost up 5 vertical feet from Dec. 1, and there is likelihood of more rain between now and April, when the El Nino condition is supposed to dissipate.

The curiosity of the outlet channel (pictured) is until the water rises another 9 feet, this ditch remains an “inlet” channel from the water district. Only when the lake reaches that higher level, will the water flow out of the lake and through a wider channel about 50 yards east (left) of the foot bridge.

SPECIAL NOTE: I have been challenged to run a photo of (lake record-holder) Chris Nickerson’s favorite brush line here. Is everybody good with that?


5 Responses to “2010: So promising for Lake Elsinore”

Ya, show that brushline, George! I can’t wait to hit the lake in March!

Anybody else? 🙂

All my spots are George’s spots. 🙂

show the photo George.

by ronald rucker

don’t do it the lake is small everyone should be able to find there own water