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PG&E’s Snow Survey Dismal

Sonora, CA — PG&E’s snow survey of its central region, which includes Pinecrest and Lyons reservoirs, mirrors the state’s.

As first reported by myMotherLode.com last week, PG&E reported to Tuolumne Utilities District (T.U.D.) that Pinecrest Lake would not “fill and spill,” and forecasted that it would reach about 75% capacity this year. PG&E spokesperson Brandi Ehler says the snow survey conducted Wednesday is on target to meet that goal.“We’re at about 63% of normal for precipitation to date, and about 6% of normal to date for measurable snow pack.”

Ehler reports that PG&E conducts its own snow surveys in the watersheds where there are hydroelectric operations and use the readings to plan for water that will be needed to generate electricity each year.

Also, as first reported Tuesday, due to PG&E’s forecast for Pinecrest’s lack of water, T.U.D. informed Twain Harte Lake Association that it would not be able to purchase any water to re-fill the lake, following repairs due to a rock crack that forced it to be drained last August.