Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Lake Spaulding in the South Yuba River Watershed
At the beginning of this year, manual and electronic measurements recorded the statewide water content of Sierra snowpack at about 20% of average. The Department of Water Resources second winter snow survey indicated that even a series of small winter storms were not enough to dent the drought. Reservoirs fed by Sierra rivers remain at some of the lowest levels on record, and communities and businesses throughout the state are feeling the immediate impacts of drought.
Healthy Facebook page as we follow the Sierra Nevada’s drought story.are critical components of California’s water system – More than 60% of California’s developed water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada and up to 50% of the flow in to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta comes from Sierra rivers. To better understand the important relationship between the Sierra Nevada and the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California, explore the links below. Or check out our
Watch the Department of Water Resources’ video below to learn more about what this year’s second winter snow survey might mean for California’s water supply.
The Sierra Nevada Region is vitally important to the environmental, economic, and social well-being of California. Critical issues, including those described below, must be addressed in order to protect and enhance the Region’s many benefits and contributions.
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