San Luis Reservoir

San Luis Reservoir in Central California fell to about 16 percent of capacity when this image was taken in July, 2013.

California DWR boosts pumping into San Luis Reservoir

San Luis Reservoir benefits from increased pumping Storage increase of over 161,000 acre feet since Dec. 1

Pumping into San Luis Reservoir in Central California has been running at maximum capacity in the wake of recent storms.

California Department of Water Resources Spokesman Ted Thomas said the state increased its pumping on Dec. 11 to 6,680 cubic feet per second, the maximum allowed under law to protect Delta Smelt populations near the pumps.

Pumping levels will soon be cut back, Thomas said, because of Smelt populations near the pumps.

As it stands, San Luis Reservoir

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