PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) — Central California’s 18-mile-long Lake Nacimiento is filled to capacity for the first time in decades.

   A season of drenching storms and runoff sent water flowing over the dam’s spillway on Sunday, the first time it’s done that since 1983 and the fourth time in its 55-year history. The lake capacity is 378,480 acre-feet of water.

   Nacimiento is north of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, but it’s owned and operated by Monterey County as part of its Salinas Valley Water Project. It provides flood control, water for farmers and prevents saltwater intrusion into the valley’s aquifer.

   The San Luis Obispo County Tribune says a full reservoir means more recreational opportunities and plenty of water downstream for farmers.

Comments (9)
  1. WTShimmin says:

    The lake filled and some bereaucractic agency of one division or another will see it as “money” and drain it to half cpacity for the benefit of deseert farmers or L.A. subdivisions.

    1. Melissa in NorCal says:

      Produce grown in the Central Valley is very important. It feeds many Americans. The lawns in LA? I agree with you there.

      1. Tony Sofia says:

        central valley farmers also contribute to the extinction of native fish. They drain entire habitats and fight environmentalists at every turn in order to get more and more water. now with these rains and high levels in our lakes, they will endeavor to get more and more water to farm in areas with poor soil, poor drainage, and nutrient retention. but i guess thats ok because people are more worried about the farmers. SoCal does not have a right to out water. the farmers dont have a right to our water. why dont they use some of those government subsidies they get for NOT growing crops and build a nice fresh water conversion plant on the beach.

    2. Marcoh says:

      Yeah. I get sick of them sending the water down to SoCal to water their huge lawns and feed their pools. They build in a dry environment they should live dry.

  2. Joe says:

    But the Dept of Water Resources needs that $1Billion+ in revenues.

  3. Scott says:

    Tony, you are correct. The Central Valley doesn’t have the right to your water. However, if that’s the case…then you shouldn’t have the right to all the food we grow in the central valley. More food is produced in our valley than any other similarly sized piece of land in the entire world. Be careful what you wish for.

  4. Matt says:

    Scott, I would have to agree with you 100% on that one. What Tony doesn’t realize is that all the farmers really want is all of that they were promised. In a year like this where we have a 150% of normal rainfal, there are farmers on the Westside of the Central Valley that are only looking at getting 65% of their total water allocation. With what water they are given they produce a great deal of food eaten in this country as well as exported to numerous different countries around the globe. With all of the money that comes from those exports, coupled with all of the employees that work for ranches, trucking companies, etc. this is a great deal of money put into the state economy everyday. Without the money from farming industry in the state, the overall state economy would be in a much worse state then it is already in and I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to live in a state with a strong thriving economy.

  5. John says:

    Tony- what do you own the air and the water now? So when i use water i should be writing you a check? What do you know about the westside soil? It is some of the most fertile land of the world. Its that soil that feeds you every night if we didnt fight with the environmental wackos you wouldnt eat. The environmentalists are driving business out of California dailly. That isnt good news buddy so putting up with guys like you and all your negativity and not knowing what it is that your even talking about is not being put up with anymore i wont stand for it.