October 20, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) -Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada's lingering drought.
The water trickling down from the melting mountain snowpack apparently reached its peak this week, both sooner and smaller than normal.
Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard tells the Reno Gazette-Journal it's the third lowest peak for runoff since detailed records were kept starting about 40 years ago. The lowest were in 1977 and 1988.
The second dry winter in a row produced only about half the normal snowpack.
Blanchard says Lake Tahoe's level may only rise three-tenths of a foot by June instead of the originally projected half-foot. Tahoe could dip to near its natural rim by fall, cutting off the flow of water into the Truckee River.