This winter wasn’t as wet as it might have seemed. Despite a few big storms, groundwater levels in the Valley saw average growth during the spring.

“It seemed like we had a lot of water, a lot of rain,” said Reggie Lamson, Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power general manager.

Lamson said the Valley has seen below-average rainfall for so many years, this year seemed like a lot when it was actually average. “We had average rainfall unlike the rest of California because the darn storms keep missing us,” he said.

The Big Bear Community Services District credits the limited groundwater increase to the upper surface of the ground being so dry. It absorbed at that level rather than filtering through. “We didn’t get a lot in the ground, and they didn’t get a lot in the lake,” said Jerry Griffith, CSD water department superintendent. “Usually when you get (wet winters) in years of two or three, that’s when you can really see a change,” Griffith said.

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