SLO County reservoir levels rise

Following last week’s storm, Santa Margarita Lake is nearly at full capacity. Meanwhile, other San Luis Obispo County reservoirs are at least half full.

Over the last month, Santa Margarita Lake, also known as Salinas Reservoir, rose from 79.8 percent capacity to 94.5 percent, according to SLO County water data. Lake Nacimiento rose from 40 percent to 56 percent capacity over the last 30 days.

The water levels of Whale Rock Reservoir and Lopez Lake increased by smaller percentages. Over the last 30 days, Whale Rock rose from 72.7 percent to 78.4 percent capacity, and Lopez Lake increased from 50.2 percent to 52.5 percent.

In the aftermath of the storm, much of SLO County has now received 10 or more inches of rain since last July, according to county rainfall data. Some rainfall totals in the county include Arroyo Grande: 8.56 inches; Atascadero: 8.75 inches; Templeton: 11.78 inches; Los Osos: 12.8 inches; and Santa Margarita 13.59 inches.

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