Date: Jan 07, 2014
Picture of Scientists Measuring Snow Packs

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted its first snow pack survey of the year and while its findings were not surprising, they set an ominous tone for the future of the state’s water supply.   

The press release issued by DWR indicated that its manual and electronic readings measured the statewide water content at about 20% of average for this time of year or 7% of its average April 1st measurement.  The April 1st measurement date is normally the time the snow pack is at its peak before it starts to melt into streams and reservoirs.  The melt provides a third of the water used by California’s farms and cities.  DWR and cooperating agencies conduct manual snow surveys around the first of the month from January to May. The manual measurements supplement and check the accuracy of real-time electronic readings.

Adding to the ominous findings are California’s 2013 rainfall totals which are the lowest on record for many areas of the state.

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