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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 01: A gardener uses a hose to water plants on April 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought and the state's snowpack is at record lows, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered a statewide 25 percent mandatory water useage reduction for residents, businesses and farms. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drought: California Taking Sweeping Steps To Conserve Water

Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California’s latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.


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Survey Reveals Less Snow In Sierra Than December After Dry, Warm January

The survey on Thursday found a snowpack water equivalent of just 2.3 inches in the scant snowpack near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento.


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California’s Second Snow Survey Set For Thursday

The state Department of Water Resources says it expects to find below-normal snowpack when it carries out the winter’s second survey in the Sierra Nevada.


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Snowpack Survey Reveals California Snow Depth Still Far Below Average

The state’s first annual manual snowpack survey was conducted today and, as expected, found that although California has more snow now than this time last year, the snow water equivalent is still far below the average.


File of state surveyors measuring snow depth in the Sierra. (Credit: CBS13)

California Snow Survey Being Conducted Tuesday

The state Department of Water Resources is slated to do the winter’s first manual measurement of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.



Sierra Snowpack At 29 Percent Of Normal

Results from the latest snow survey in the Sierra are in, and as expected, they are lower than average.


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Storm Not Enough To Counter Record-Low Sierra Snowpack Results

The survey revealed snow levels at 12 percent of average for this time of the year. Before this survey, the previous record low was 21 percent in 1963 and 1991.


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Sierra Snowpack Up To 12% Of Normal

State surveyors checking California’s snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.


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Final Survey Reveals Sierra Snowpack Only At Half Normal

The fourth and final snow survey of the year happened under bright blue skies, and brought bad news.


File photo of DWR employees conducting a manual snow survey. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Water Supplies Adequate Despite Thin Snowpack

Sierra snow depths are well below normal for this time of year, but reservoirs that remain full from last year’s massive snowpack are expected to provide adequate water supplies for California’s farms and cities.


Reporters gather in a dry meadow as California state water officials take the first snow survey of the year with now snow to be found. Jan. 3, 2012 (credit: CBS)

First Snow Survey Of The Year Comes Up Dry

California state water officials trekked to the Sierra this morning for the year’s first snow survey only to find no snow.


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Final Snow Survey Is Good News For Cities, Farms

Warmer spring temperatures have begun melting California’s formidable Sierra snowpack, but it’s still deep enough to comfort state water managers.