Monday, March 23, 2009

Bureau Updates Water Forecast

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released its latest water forecast on Friday.

Based on precipitation through March 1, Reclamation announced in a news release that CCWD would receive at least 55 percent of its historical use.

What this means to CCWD and its customers:

- The announcement represents an incremental increase to the initial 50 percent allocation announced in February

- Continued storms through the end of the month and into April will be very important.

CCWD is still considering two different drought management plans, and will decide which plan to follow at its April 1 meeting (See the posts below).

Read the Bureau's release. CCWD is considered an M&I User, and North of the Delta.

Snow Levels Fall A Little Behind Average

Even with the cold and rainy weather this past weekend, we apparently did not see a lot of snow in the northern Sierra, and remain slightly below average for this time of year.

The eight automatic snow sensors in the Northern Sierra ticked up a little, but have now recorded a snow pack of 37.8 inches, which is 95 percent of the 76-year average snow pack for this date.

Look here to see the snow sensor data This graph is updated daily

10-day forecasts show no storms on the immediate horizon.

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