Sierra Snow Melt Begins To Fill Sacramento RIvers
Sacramento-area rivers are running cold, fast and high, as the snow melt from the Sierra Nevada begins. But state water officials say they are monitoring the situation and have everything under control.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
The Sacramento River will rise, as snow melt is released from the Lake Shasta reservoir. But state water officials say the river can handle the extra flow. Arthur Hinojosa, with the state Department of Water Resources, says farmers are helping out, now that they’re finally taking water from the river for irrigation:
It’s been a long time coming. With all the rain, a lot of crops have had more water than they can use or even desire, but we’re starting to see agricultural demands pick up.
The American River is expected to handle any snow melt without trouble. The one river officials are watching carefully is the San Joaquin, which has fewer tributaries than the Sacramento, and thus fewer places for the extra water to go.