DWR Announces January 31, 2008 Snow Survey Results.SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Results of the manual snow survey completed today by the California Department of Water Resources History
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Today's survey was DWR's second of the 2007-2008 snowfall season and shows the Echo Summit area's snow pack water content to be about 75 percent better than this time last year.
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In addition to the snow survey results issued today, reporters can find real-time readings of statewide water content posted on the Internet at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/DLYSWEQ. The latest electronic sensor readings show Northern Sierra snow water equivalents at 119% of normal for this date, Central Sierra at 102%, and Southern Sierra at 122%. Statewide, the percentage of normal is at 111%.
The next manual survey is scheduled for early March. DWR's Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. Office will issue a news advisory before the event.
Importance of Snow Surveying
Snow-water content is important in determining the coming year's water supply. The measurements help hydrologists prepare water supply forecasts as well as provide others, such as hydroelectric power hydroelectric power: see power, electric; water power.
Electricity produced from generators driven by water turbines that convert the energy in falling or fast-flowing water to mechanical energy. companies and the recreation industry, with much needed data.
Monitoring is coordinated by the Department of Water Resources as part of the multi-agency California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. Surveyors from more than 50 agencies and utilities visit hundreds of snow measurement courses in California's mountains each month to gauge the amount of water in the snow pack.
The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water needs.
Contact the DWR Public Affairs Office for more information about DWR's water activities.