The Turlock Irrigation District is reporting that the weekend storms could put up to 4 feet of new water in the Don Pedro Reservoir.
According to TID, current models are predicting between 6 and 7 inches of rainfall in the region of Cherry and Hetch Hetchy reservoirs. The significant rain on the Tuolumne River watershed upstream from Don Pedro could result in increased flows for the reservoir.
TID reports on Twitter that as much as 4 feet of water could come into the reservoir thanks to the storms.
“Peak flows into Don Pedro are expected on Monday with predictions of upwards of 12,000 cubic feet per second based on current weather forecasts,” TID said in a news release. “These flows are nothing out-of-the-ordinary for the Tuolumne and, due to the low water level of the lake, it has the capacity to accept them with no significant issues expected.”
The Don Pedro Recreation Area (DPRA) is also currently monitoring the inflow for debris from the Rim Fire. DPRA has deployed debris booms to contain any woody debris and restrict boats from entering the uppermost portion of the lake.
This is welcome news to irrigation customers of TID, after a very dry January and only a portion of the weekend storms reaching Turlock.
The TID Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday where they will receive a water report for the last two weeks. The Board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Board Room of TID’s Main Office, 333 E. Canal Dr.
There will also be two growers meeting hosted on Feb. 24 and 25 at 5:30 in the TID Board Room. At the two meetings, TID staff will give an irrigation update to the Board of Directors and farmers, as well as a recommended irrigation allotment based on recent rainfall.
Customers received bad news at the last set of growers meetings in January, with the potential of receiving even less water than last year’s record-low of 20 inches.