Water Supply Outlook Still Grim

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 2, 2009

State hydrologists measure how wet the snow is to help gauge the water supply.  The new readings put the snowpack at 80 percent of normal statewide. Department of Water Resources Meteorologist Elissa Lynn says that may sound ok – but this is the third dry year in a row:

“It’s been raining for a couple of weeks – that’s terrific news.  We’ve seen some boost.  But it’s not likely to continue at the pace that we would need to see those big reservoirs really fill up.”

Lynn says some reservoirs are less than half-full.  She says last year at this time, the snowpack was more than 100 percent of normal – but the storms stopped and the state had a record dry spring. Last week Governor Schwarzenegger declared a drought-related State of Emergency and asked Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent.