The survey’s results don’t sound too bad, at first blush. Water officials say statewide, the Sierra snowpack is about 85 percent of what it should be this time of year. But we’ve had three years of drought, and Don Strickland with the Department of Water Resources says most of the state’s reservoirs have only half the water they should. He says an average year for rain and snow won’t cut it:
“If we have a 100% runoff this winter, that should get the reservoirs back into what you’d call reasonable storage levels, but it’s not going to refill them.”
Strickland says California may be headed into a fourth dry year – and he urges everyone to use less water. Sierra snowpack provides water for most of the state, and officials measure it to gauge water supply.