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State Surveyors Say Average Snowpack Will Be Tough to Reach

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Frank Gehrke with the California Department of Water Resources took to the mountains east of Sacramento to conduct snow pack measurements.  He says this one differed greatly from January's when the snow was patchy at best.

"It looks like there's a lot of snow, simply because we got a fairly even coverage…"

But at that spot there was less than four inches of water content in fifteen inches of snow.  The snowpack's statewide water content is only 37-percent of normal for this date.  Gehrke says the rest of the season doesn't look promising.

"The likelihood of getting back to an average snow condition this season is pretty slim."

The Department's initial estimate is that the State Water Project will be able to deliver 60-percent of the water requested this year by public agencies-but that number may be adjusted as conditions change.

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