Running dry: More bad water news for California

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Initial  electronic readings of California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack — which provides one-third of the state’s drinking water — show that it is lower than any year going back to 1950.

The snowpack was at just 8 percent of the historical average in late March, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Department staff will be assessing the snowpack manually, measuring more than 230 snow courses in early April, which is normally when the snowpack is at its peak.

“Below-normal precipitation, combined with unusually warm weather, has produced meager snowfall during the traditional wet season,” the DWR reported.
California’s four-year drought has left reservoirs low and is believed to be depleting aquifers as well.

The previous smallest recorded size of the snowpack was about  25 percent of average, a level reached in 2014 and in 1977.

 Followed a spate of heavy rainfall at the end of 2014, California has been dry, with meteorologists forecasting little rain ahead.
To learn more about conservation see California’s Save Our Water website.




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