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Second diversion continues to help lake level rise

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

During a break in the recent rain, the Ventura River flows steadily in the area of the Ventura River Preserve.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

More than 2 inches of rain fell on the Ojai Valley in the 24 hours prior to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 — enough to reopen the diversion gates sending water into Lake Casitas — and more rain is likely on the way.
The Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) began diverting water from the Ventura River into the Robles Canal at 8:20 a.m., according to CMWD Water Conservation Manager Ron Merckling. The flow averaged 208 cubic feet per second — the equivalent of approximately 1,555 gallons per second — through the morning hours, he said.
“We're getting good flows from the creeks, too,” Merckling said. The lake Feb. 6 was 37 percent full, he added, up 2 percent from Jan. 4.

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