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Ash, debris still impacting water diversions

Editor's note: This article was revised March 8 at 8:36 a.m. to reflect updated Casitas diversion and weather forecast information.

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Photo courtesy of Casitas Municipal Water District

Water, still stained by ash and sediment, flows through the Robles Diversion on its way to Lake Casitas.

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter

Efforts to divert storm runoff to Lake Casitas and the Ojai Valley groundwater basin proved only minimally successful during the latest storm, according to local water officials.
Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) conducted its first water diversions of the year March 2.
CMWD was able to divert approximately 2,608,000 gallons — or eight acre feet — from the Ventura River to Lake Casitas via the Robles Diversion canal.
Lake Casitas, when full, holds approximately 237,761 feet.
The diversions occurred between 3 and 8:30 p.m.
Casitas was unable to use the diversion canal during a larger storm in early January due to concerns over ash and debris in the water.

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