Lake Oroville is at its lowest level ever.
Last year at this time it was at 768 feet above sea level. Today it's at 642 feet, that's the lowest recorded level ever. In just two weeks the Oroville hydroelectric power plant could be shut down. The U.S. Drought monitor shows that nearly half of California is in an exceptional drought. Water operations manager for the Department of Water Resources State Water Project Molly White said last week in an email that due to the falling lake levels, the Edward Hyatt Power Plant may be forced to close down for the first time in its history due to low lake elevation.
Currently Southern California water agencies are receiving water from other sources including the State Water Project, who’s water is stored in the San Luis Reservoir from previous wet winters, according to The Mercury News.