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Sierra Snow Pack Just 18 Percent of Average

Sierra Snow Pack Just 18 Percent of Average
Posted Thursday, May 1st 2014 @ 7pm  by KFBK News

It will be a dry summer.  State water managers say the Sierra Nevada snow pack is just 18% of average for this time of year.

Officials with the Department of Water Resources say their final survey of the season found more bare ground than actual snow, highlighting the need for continued conservation.

The last measurement was April 1, which is considered the peak of the snow season.

It showed the snowpack at just 32% of average water content.

The snow pack accounts for about one-third of California's water supply.

The state's groundwater resources are at historically low levels as well.  That's the assessment of the Department of Water Resources in a new report.  Mary Scruggs is with the DWR's Integrated Water Management team.

"Several areas of the state, especially in San Francisco Bay hydrologic region in the Northern portion, the Southern San Joaquin Valley...since spring 2008 groundwater levels are below historical lows for our period of record," she said.

The report indicates that in many areas of the San Joaquin Valley, recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historic lows.

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