SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Water Foundation issued the following statement from Executive Director Lester Snow regarding today’s manual snow survey conducted by the California Department of Water Resources, which revealed a below average statewide snowpack for this time of year. Coupled with below average cumulative statewide reservoir levels, the snow survey confirms California’s drought is not over. Two important facts to keep in mind:
- Major reservoirs statewide (cumulative) are at 85% of historical average, which is considered a below average year
- Statewide snowpack is also at 87% of average for April 1, also considered a below average year
Lester Snow’s statement:
“Even with more rain and snow this year than California has seen since 2011, today’s snow survey makes clear that California is still in the midst of extreme drought.
“Californians must make major and permanent changes in the way we manage water now, or we’ll be unprepared to deal with this drought and those we will certainly face in the future.
“The state’s water management system is outdated and unable to address the new normal of unpredictable, extreme weather. It is time to invest in a 21st-century system that will ensure that California has enough water for its people, farms and environment.
“Californians have risen to the drought’s challenge by meeting mandatory water conservation goals. State leaders must continue to do their part. This includes investing in more programs to recycle water, capture stormwater, and replenish groundwater; incentivizing water conservation; and providing the means for disadvantaged communities to access to clean, safe drinking water.
“Successful long-term water management requires removing funding barriers to creating new water-efficiency programs, building necessary infrastructure, and paying for ongoing operations and maintenance. These are the necessary first steps to move California to a sustainable water future.”
About the Water Foundation
The Water Foundation, an initiative of Resources Legacy Fund, is committed to achieving a sustainable water supply to meet the needs of California’s farms, cities, and environment today and into the future. The Water Foundation supports innovative projects and policies and brings together experts, stakeholders, and the public to achieve 21st-century solutions. For more information, please visit www.waterfoundation.net.