Mar 18, 2016

Reservoirs are getting a big boost from 'Miracle March' — but the drought isn't over yet

Folsom Lake, California
Shasta Lake, California
USA
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Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times
Folsom Dam on the American River at Folsom Lake. Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
Folsom Dam on the American River at Folsom Lake. Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

So much rain has fallen in Northern California recently that federal officials have done what would have been unthinkable a year ago. They opened the spill gates at Folsom Lake and let precious water tumble into the American River as a precaution against — of all things — flooding. A series of storms during this "Miracle March" has caused Folsom and two of its neighbors, Lake Oroville and Shasta Lake, to swell