Jul 10, 2019
Officials monitoring Millerton after it reaches capacity, spilling water into San Joaquin River
Millerton Lake is at capacity, allowing officials to prepare for spilling by making sure equipment at Friant Dam is working properly.
The gates atop the dam’s spillway were tested Tuesday morning to ensure they function ahead of any major spilling due to overflow.
“This equipment can only be tested when the reservoir is full, so we took the opportunity,” said Duane Stroup, deputy area manager at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Water levels at Friant Dam are at full capacity; what that means for the Central Valley: “Millerton Lake is at full capacity for the first time since 2017, sending water gushing out over the spillway. The water is coming straight from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is very cold, which is causing some concerns people hoping to get into the water. But, the water itself, when used what it’s intended for, has a great impact in our Central Valley. … ” Read more from KMPH here: Water levels at Friant Dam are at full capacity; what that means for the Central Valley