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

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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.

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