A California Water Supply Dream

Apr 3, 2019 at 12:00pm

Ezra David Romero, Capital Public Radio

California received some good news on Tuesday for the state's water supply: The Sierra Nevada snowpack is well above normal, at 162 percent of average.

This amount of snow is thanks to the more than 30 “atmospheric rivers” that brought storms this winter and spring. Chris Orrock, with the California Department of Water Resources, says the cold storms have helped preserve the snow.

As it melts and ends up in reservoirs, the snowpack provides about 30 percent of the state's water supply, and water managers use the snowpack-measurement data to plan releases from the state's reservoirs.

DWR director Karla Nemeth called the state’s full reservoirs and robust snowpack “a California water supply dream.”

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