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Why Lake Nacimiento is spilling water when it’s not at 100 percent capacity

Water races down Nacimiento Lake's main spillway

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency was releasing water from Lake Nacimiento’s main spillway as part of its effort to maintain flood control space in the reservoir. The lake was at 87 percent capacity on Monday, February 27, 2017.
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The Monterey County Water Resources Agency was releasing water from Lake Nacimiento’s main spillway as part of its effort to maintain flood control space in the reservoir. The lake was at 87 percent capacity on Monday, February 27, 2017.

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency is continuing to release water from Lake Nacimiento’s main spillway as part of its effort to maintain flood control space in the reservoir.

Deputy general manager Robert Johnson said the agency is wary of the potential for more rain this winter and is following its reservoir release management strategy.

“There have been some pretty wet Marchs over the years, and releases will be adjusted to maximize storage and minimize possible downstream flooding,” Johnson said in an email Monday.

The lake was at 87 percent capacity on Monday, down from 90 percent on Saturday.

This CappsConstruction.Com drone footage taken February 22, 2017, shows a full and flowing Lake Nacimiento. According to the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department, the lake was at 96.5 percent capacity as of Thursday, February 23, 2017, f

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