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Watch: Water Releases From Friant Reservoir Ramp Up



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With the Central Valley battered by storms and Millerton Lake filling quickly, the Bureau of Reclamation decided last week to increase water releases into the San Joaquin River and Madera Canal.

This video captures the dam releases on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Through Tuesday, Friant Reservoir was at 82% of its 520,500 acre-foot capacity — 150% of normal for the date.

A combination of heavy rains and ramped-up dam releases have resulted in the closure of Lost Lake Park in Friant.

Lost Lake Closure Sign

Lost Lake Park, which is a popular fishing, bird-watching, and picnic spot, is closed until the San Joaquin River recedes. (GV Wire/Johnny Soto)

Johnny's career began on stage; where he was able to explore different techniques in acting, directing and lighting while attended both the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. During that time, he also worked as a director and editor for two major advertising agencies, and produced everything from feature-length films to multi-camera live broadcasts before returning back home to Fresno.