December 21, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - State and federal biologists say the huge Sierra snowpack will provide a major boost to wildlife in the nation's driest state.
Officials at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon, about 60 miles east of Reno, expect the wetlands there to increase from an annual average of 8,000 acres to as much as 12,000 acres because of high runoff.
The refuge largely depends on water from Lahontan Reservoir on the Carson River, which heads in the eastern Sierra.
Stillwater is a major stop on the Pacific Flyway for over a quarter million waterfowl annually, part of 290 bird species there.
Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say they expect the nearby Carson Lake and Pasture to also be teaming with more water and birds than usual due to the runoff.
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