Q: I visited Lake Del Valle this past weekend and I was wondering, how the weather level compares to earlier years of the drought? By the way, you are the BEST Weathercaster in world (wink)! - Roberta, Pleasanton
A: Yes, the water level at Lake Del Valle is the highest of I have seen in years and I was curious about that, so I visited the fish and bait store and asked why!
Lake Del Valle is located 10 miles SE of Livermore. It is a storage reservoir surrounded by the Del Valle Regional Park. The Maximum Depth of the Lake is 153 feet (deeper than San Francisco Bay). It is 5 miles long and I have a goal of swimming the length of the Lake while a friend throws chum at me to keep my energy up. The shoreline is 16 mile. The Normal Storage of water is 25,000 to 40,000 acre feet and to my amateur eye, the Lake looks full!
It was explained to me, as a "storage reservoir" occasionally water is pumped from the Delta and travels through pipelines to Lake Del Valle.
And while there is much recreation to be had in and around the Lake, if you live in the South Bay or East Bay, then you benefit from water from the South Bay Aqueduct!
Examine this map and tell me if you find it as interesting as I do!
I also learned why not only is water conservation important, but so is keeping our Delta, Lakes and Bethany Reservoir clean!
I would love to hear from you! Please send weather questions, observations and photos to me, Gonzales@kpix.cbs.com and I look forward to hearing from you!
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