Mad River Union
RUTH LAKE – The reservoir that feeds Humboldt’s epicenter has risen by nearly three feet since Monday.
As of today, the elevation of Ruth Lake was at 2,637.58 feet above sea level, 2.79 feet higher than Monday. That brings the lake to 65 percent of capacity, up from Monday’s 61 percent.
As of the end of January, before there were significant storms, the lake was at 55 percent capacity, which is enough water to supply downstream communities for at least a year.
Ruth Lake supplies water to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, the wholesale water supplier to the communities of McKinleyville, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook, Glendale, Arcata, Manila, Eureka and Cutten.
According to the HBMWD, Ruth Lake received .79 inches of rain on Thursday and, as of this morning, about .54 inches.
Although lake levels are moving in the right direction, the HBMWD is still encouraging residents to conserve water being that the water supply faces an uncertain future.
The National Weather Service at Woodley Island measured .66 of an inch of rain on Thursday and .47 on Wednesday. The total for the season, which began July 1, is at 9.36 inches. Normal for this time of year is 26.18. Last year at this time was 23.90.
The NWS is forecasting rain through the weekend, with the odds dropping to 30 percent on Sunday. Rain is likely through next week.
Sunset tonight is at 5:49 p.m. Somewhere under a veil of clouds there will be a full moon. Sunrise on Saturday is at 7:11 a.m.