Light Snowpack This Year
DWR's Frank Gehrke Measures Snowpack
The final Sierra Nevada snowpack survey was carried out yesterday by the California Department of Water Resources.
Water officials say the snowpack was only 52% of average for the date. DWR Director Mark Cowin states, "With most of the wet season behind us, this is more gloomy news for our summer water supply." A wet November and December helped California reach 134% of average by the first of the year, but the state then had a record dry January and February.
The Northern Sierra is 55% of normal, the Central is 59%, and the Southern is 40%. The light snowpack will notably hit Central Valley farmers hard. The DWR has decreased its water delivery estimate from 40% to 35% of requested amounts from the State Water Project.
Written by BJ Hansen
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