ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (AP) - California water managers say the
Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal for this time
After last year's prolific powder, measurements taken Wednesday
show the snowpack as thin as 3.5 inches near South Lake Tahoe.
The amount recorded statewide is 23 percent of what's normally
measured on April 1, when the snowmelt begins.
The state Department of Water Resources says reservoirs are
still full from last spring's snowmelt, so the 29 agencies that
depend on the state's system of aqueducts can expect 60 percent of
the amount requested. The system supplies 25 million Californians.
Last year's record storms allowed the state to deliver 80 percent of the requests.