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Record Low Water Levels At Cachuma Lake Won't Stop Mandatory Water Release

Water levels continue to drop at Cachuma Lake, and as a result a special barge will be moved to the last deep-water section of the lake to pick up water for the next few months.

From there, this water will go to the Tecolote Tunnel and down to five South Coast water agencies including Santa Barbara and Goleta.

The lake level is at about 14% of its overall capacity, but a mandatory water release for downstream users, including Santa Ynez and Lompoc farmers is set to take place later on this summer.

Santa Barbara county water officials say the remaining water after that will be the lowest level since the dam was built in the 1950s.

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