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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Lake Shasta's water level looks to fall to 16-year low

After hitting a 15-year low last year, Lake Shasta has dropped lower this year and is still dropping. "It's going down and it's going down about a quarter of a foot a day," said Sheri Harral, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation. By Friday, the lake was at 138.5 feet below its high-water mark, she said. Last year, the lake bottomed out in late December about 127 feet below the high-water mark. This year it will end up considerably lower.

"We are probably going to end up being at 150, 155 feet down," Harral said. The last time the lake dropped to 155 feet below the crest was in 1992, according to Bureau records. In the 16 years since, it has dropped to 100 feet below six times. Although Shasta Dam was completed in 1943, it wasn't filled to capacity until 1945. Since then the all-time low for the reservoir was recorded in 1977, when it dropped to 230 feet below the high-water mark.

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