Third Snow Survey Shows Snowpack at 107% of Average

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The results of the Department of Water Resources’ third snow survey of the season today indicate water content in California’s snowpack is 107% of average for the date. At this time last year, snow water content statewide was 80% of normal.

“Today’s readings boost our hope that we will be able to increase the State Water Project allocation by this spring to deliver more water to our cities and farms,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin in a statement. “But we must remember that even a wet winter will not fully offset three consecutive dry years or pumping restrictions to protect Delta fish so we must continue to conserve and protect our water resources.”

In 2009, the State Water Project delivered 40% of customer requests. The federal Central Valley Project in 2009 was able to deliver only 10% of contracted amounts to some agricultural areas in the San Joaquin Valley.