TRINITY COUNTY- Thanks in part to the storm, Water District officials announced on Thursday that Humboldt County’s primary water reservoir is filled to capacity.
Ruth Lake was at less than 70 percent capacity in October and is now 100 percent full. Officials say history shows a few good storms are all that is needed to fill Ruth Lake, and the reservoir typically fills up in December and January. Thursday’s announcement is the 15th earliest fill date for the reservoir in the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s 58-year history. Officials say even without any more rain, the current volume of water in Ruth Lake would supply the seven municipalities for at least the next three years.
"It only took 18 inches of rain to fill it. Last year, just for comparison purposes, at the same time, we had only received three inches of rain. So these early season storms, in my opinion, are a little more typical of what we've experienced over the years in Humboldt County and benefit the watershed and our Ruth reservoir," said Carol Rische, the General Manager of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District.