Drought-stricken California will conduct its final manual snow survey on Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada – and the outlook isn’t good.
The state Water Resources Control Board says California has met Gov. Jerry Brown’s 20 percent water use reduction target.
Two photos, one taken on February 1, 2014 and another taken exactly a year later, show just how non-existent the Sierra snowpack is this year.
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.
California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nation’s most fertile agricultural region.
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.
The state Department of Water Resources is slated to do the winter’s first manual measurement of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.
With summer approaching and California’s snowpack measuring at a fraction of normal, state water managers are set to order farmers and other big water users to limit the water they take from rivers for the first time since 1977.
With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.
State water managers were expecting more bad news Thursday as they take the season’s last measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a key source of water in drought-stricken California.
Winter doesn’t seem to want to go away in the Sierra Nevada.
Results from the latest snow survey in the Sierra are in, and as expected, they are lower than average.