Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

HANNAH FRY

After a slow start to California’s wet winter season, a series of storms that hammered the state at the tail end of 2019 dumped enough snow on the Sierra Nevada to kick off the new year with a solid snowpack.

That is good news for the state’s water supply, which has been taxed until recently by drought conditions. The snowpack provides about 30% of the annual fresh water supply for the state. Its spring and summer runoff feeds rivers and reservoirs and eventually is distributed to various water agencies for farm irrigation, landscaping and urban drinking supplies.

A recent survey found that only 3.6% of the state was abnormally dry, a major improvement from the drought years.

Surveyors with the California Department of Water Resources trudged through a snow-covered field Thursday at the department’s Phillips station — fresh powder crunching beneath their snowshoes —and plunged a hollow pole into the snowpack for the first monthly measurement that serves as an important marker for the state’s water supply.

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2 Responses to Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

  1. C E Voigtsberger January 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Considering that we need special ID for almost anything starting this year but don’t need any ID at all to register to vote or vote, good luck with wishing for a change. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride; if turnip were watches I would have one by my side. Except watches were somewhat more expensive when that nursery rhyme was composed.

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  2. William Hicks January 4, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Snow is only one thing to benefit an otherwise dry State from perpetual draught. The one thing that would keep a dry State wet would be increased water storage through more dams, and that doesn’t fit the existing political/environmental agenda. Maybe we need a new generation of politicians to change that.

    MAYBE?

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