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Sierra Snow Packing Healthy Punch

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
After three bone dry years, state water officials have welcomed this winter’s storms. The Department of Water Resources’ latest survey of the Sierra finds the snow’s water content is 107 percent of what it should be this time of year. Melting snow feeds the state’s reservoirs – some of which are still only about half-full. Don Strickland with the Department says it’s critical the storms keep coming:

 “That’s why it’s so important that we see that snowpack continue to sustain or build between now and April 1, because then we can look for a good healthy snowmelt runoff come the first of May or so.”
Strickland says that would be good news for the farms and residents who rely on the state water project. So far, the state’s only expected to deliver 15 percent of the water requested by farmers and water agencies. But Strickland says if Mother Nature cooperates, that could increase by the spring. 
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