Weak Sierra Snow Pack Suggests Another Year of Drought

January 30, 2015 16:00 pm · 15 comments

Snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range has decreased in the month of January, fueling concerns that California may have to endure a fourth consecutive year of drought, the Department of Water Resources announced today.

January is normally California’s wettest month, according to the DWR, and snow pack levels typically increase this time of year. DWR spokesman Doug Carlson said that the snow pack should be steadily building up from December through April.

“It’s going the wrong direction, there’s no doubt about that,” DWR spokesman Doug Carlson said.

According to the most recent measurements, snow pack is at just 25 percent of the long-term average statewide for this time of year. At one location 90 miles east of Sacramento, snow pack was measured at just 12 percent of average.

“The fact is that everybody who has concerns about drought conditions has reason to be concerned now,” Carlson said. “There’s less water going into the reservoirs, so there’s just no end in sight to the drought conditions that concern so many in our state.”

Nelsey Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, said the snow pack survey is very important to the Bay Area.

“This will definitely have an impact on the East Bay in particular,” Rodriguez said. “We draw 90 percent of our water from the Mokelumne River.”

The district’s total reservoir storage is currently at 49 percent of its overall capacity, and 69 percent of its long-term average. This time last year it was at 61 percent of overall capacity and 86 percent of long-term average.

“We continue to watch our water levels deplete slowly, and we’re monitoring every day so we can manage our way through this drought,” Rodriguez said.

Greg January 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM

I’m doing the rain dance right now. (And by rain dance I mean the running man)

anon January 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Hope we can still get some more rain. Fully expect tighter water controls this year.

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Time to drop 10k into rock, concrete and water resistant landscape to keep water flowing to SoCal. I’d hate to see Oprah’s grass die.

zorb January 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Here’s a thought , stop draining the resivours for that stupid little fish.

Cowellian January 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM

And how many times have we seen the rainy season get off to a really slow start, only to finish with an incredibly wet February, March, and April?

Julio January 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Cowellian, you are right! We can still flood like crazy at any time. Then they will say oops!

The Realist January 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Thank goodness for the sheeple like everyone here conserving and toeing the party line. I will continue not conserving until the valley and socal pay higher taxes to build desalinization plants, provide their own water supplies, and we quit canaling 90% of our water down south.

Scooter January 30, 2015 at 4:52 PM

More proof it’s global warming.

WaterBaby January 30, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Maybe we need to come up with de salination plants for ocean water. Without water, we’re doomed.

California High Speed Rail is more important than water January 30, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Rather than building much needed desalination plants Jerry Brown wants to build a high speed rail.
We won’t have enough water, but by golly, we’ll be able to get to LA in 2 hours and Jerry will have his choo-choo train to play with.

Silva January 30, 2015 at 6:01 PM

It is too early to lose all hope.

No Worry January 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM

We have Los Vaquaros and plenty of water.

GRX January 30, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Here come the rate hikes… and more State bonds (borrowing and going into ,more debt) for the sheeple to vote on ..

That correct left wingers, “bonds” means more State debt for you and me to pay off in the way of rate hikes, so-called “fees”, and taxes.

But Democrats and liberals are gullible and easily fooled to fully understand what they are voting on…..just like electing that idiot in the White House.

Larry January 30, 2015 at 7:55 PM

@10 totally agree.

KAD January 30, 2015 at 11:20 PM

No worries, so let’s add another 25,000 to Concord to use all of the extra water.

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