The wet weather on the Rim, which saw more than six inches of precipitation in Payson in November and December, has helped put Roosevelt Lake at 97 percent of capacity — about 1.6 million cubic feet of water, according to information from Salt River Project.
SRP manages several dams and reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers, as well as East Clear Creek. Sites in the Rim Country include the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir (Blue Ridge), which serves East Clear Creek, and Roosevelt Dam and Lake. To the south and west of the Rim, SRP has Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.
SRP’s Verde River facilities are the Horseshoe Dam and Reservoir, Bartlett Dam and Reservoir and Granite Reef Diversion Dam.
The Verde River facilities are at 42 percent of capacity. Jeff Lane, a public information officer with SRP, said the dramatic difference is not due to less rain, but rather the fact that the Verde side of the watershed is much smaller and fills much faster once snow melt runoff starts.
All totaled, the SRP system is at 90 percent of capacity compared to an anemic 60 percent of capacity at the same time last year.
Roosevelt can still take in almost 49,000 cubic feet of runoff before release measures need to be taken.
According to SRP reports, Salt River at Roosevelt was seeing 629 cubic feet per second in runoff as of Jan. 3 and Tonto Creek at Roosevelt had 140 cubic feet per second runoff.
Normally, there is only 331 cubic feet per second runoff into the Salt at Roosevelt and 26 cfs runoff into Tonto Creek at Roosevelt.