[CMCEmail] Official water year shows grim snowpack

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rner&utm_medium=email> Official water year shows grim snowpack

Posted: 03 Apr 2014 09:22 AM PDT


dwpThe cut-off for determination of the water year for 2014-15 happened on
April 1st. Though recent storms lifted the snowpack some, the overall
picture looms well below normal.

The Department of Water and Power's measurements show the Mammoth Pass
Snowpack at 18.3 inches of water content - just above the driest year.
Mammoth Community Water District Manager Pat Hayes called that reading 42%
of normal. Hayes said the Water District remains in Level 1 water
restrictions and asks customers to conserve 10% over last year's use. He
advised customers to check the MCWD website for more.

The rest of the snow measurements on DWP's website show this: Rock Creek at
12% of normal. South Lake, 41%. Big Pine Creek, 29%. Cottonwood Lakes, 19%.
The Mammoth Pass reading did make it above the driest year of 1976-77. The
environment of the Eastern Sierra will suffer, Los Angeles will have less
water to export and management of water locally will feel the pressure.

DWP's website shows actual precipitation measurements as well as snow. The
percentages are equally grim. Long Valley sits at 28% of normal, Bishop,
40%. Big Pine, 47%. Independence, 55%. South Haiwee at 36% and Los Angeles
precipitation measures 19% of normal to date.

Inyo County will now go through the difficult process with DWP on a pumping
rate for the year and other water management issues. Earlier, Inyo Water
Director Bob Harrington had expressed the desire to work with DWP more
closely due to obvious drought conditions. He said there have been some

The schedule that unfolds from here includes DWP's April 1st run-off
forecast, submission of DWP's pumping plan on April 20th, Inyo County's
comments ten days later, a Technical Group meeting ten days after that and a
final pumping plan ten more days later.

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