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January 15, 2023


USBR Defers Water Release Down the Santa Ynez River 

Water Release by USBR from Lake Cachuma's Bradbury Dam Spillway down the Santa Ynez River continues to be deferred. 

January 15, 2023 (11:30 pm)

United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR or Reclamation) provided the following update to the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District regarding the possible water release from Lake Cachuma down the Santa Ynez River: 

Today’s weather forecast, the 10 day outlook, and current Lake Cachuma storage conditions indicate that Reclamation can continue to defer Bradbury Dam spillway releases for about 4 to 7 more days. The target release rate remains unchanged at 2,000 cfs but the initiation is dependent subsequent forecasts & operational conditions.  We continue to monitor conditions around the clock and will provide another update on Wednesday, January 18th, unless there is a need to provide an earlier update.


Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District

January 2023 Storm - River & Reservoir Updates

Here is a LINK to SYRWCD's January 2023 Storm updates on the Lake Cachuma conditions, flows of the Santa Ynez River, and other helpful links.

Santa Barbara County Hydrology Real-time Information

Rainfall Table

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Reservoir Levels Map

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United States Bureau of Reclamation

Cachuma Daily Operations Table

Here is a LINK to  Reclamation's Cachuma Daily Operations Table: a daily summary of storage, inflows, and quantity of water released per outlet location from Cachuma Reservoir.


Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

Here is a LINK to January 2023 Storm updates, preparedness, and Recovery Resources.

Recovery Resources

The County is working to gather resources for community members impacted by the January 2023 winter storm event. In the coming days, this  January Storm Recovery webpage will be a source of information, including links for wellness counseling support, housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, hazardous material clean-up, loss of business or employment, and other topics.

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