SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyor’s have recently reported that the snowpack’s statewide water content is at 134 percent of average for this time of year.
The snowpack normally provides about a third of the water for California’s homes, farms and industries as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers in the spring and early summer.
DWR currently estimates that it will be able to deliver 40 percent of the slightly more than 4 million acre-feet of State Water Project water requested for this calendar year by the 29 public agencies that supply more than 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of irrigated farmland. The delivery estimate is expected to increase as more winter storms develop. The final allocation of State Water Project water in calendar year 2012 was 65 percent of requested deliveries.
The early storms this season have also replenished California’s reservoirs. Lake Oroville in Butte County, the State Water Project’s principal reservoir with a capacity of 3.5 million acre-feet, is at 71percent of capacity, 113 percent of average for the date. Shasta Lake north of Redding, the federal Central Valley Project’s principal storage reservoir with a capacity of 4.5 million acre-feet, today is at 73 percent of capacity, 115 percent of normal for the date.