Friant Dam operators release water into San Joaquin River, Millerton Lake at capacity


A massive flow of fresh water being released from Friant Dam on Tuesday as Millerton Lake reached capacity.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Area Manager Duane Stroup said the reservoir has seen above average snow melt this year compare to years past.

Stroup said when the lake reaches full capacity, it gives officials an opportunity to make sure the Dam is working properly.

“We took the opportunity today to lower the gates down a little bit and release a little bit of water over the top of each gate to make sure we can operate the gates and the gates are operating correctly,” he said.

Officials are releasing 1,700-1,000 cubic feet per second into the San Joaquin River. Stroup said Millerton Lake has received above average snow melt forcing them to release the water to make room for more run off.

“It’s been an excellent year for water supply because it has given us a nice steady inflow into the reservoir rather than a sharp peak when temperatures jump really high,” Stroup said.

Matt Wemett and his friend drove up to Millerton Lake to enjoy the outdoors.

He said the high water level means more summer fun.

“It’s good for California and we need the water and it mean the San Joaquin River will be really full,” Wemett said.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383

Don’t Miss

Join the Pro Football Challenge
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.