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Water Storage Still Looks Good Despite Dry December

Aired 12/21/11 on KPBS News.

It’s been one of the driest Decembers on record so far in the Sierra Nevada — which is a key water source for California. But state officials say that’s not something to worry about just yet.

It's been one of the driest Decembers on record so far in the Sierra Nevada, which is a key water source for California. But state officials assured that's not something to worry about just yet. Maury Roos is a Chief Hydrologist for the state Department of Water Resources. He said thanks to wet weather last year, statewide reservoir storage is in good shape right now - about one hundred and twenty-five percent of average at the beginning of this month.

"Normally we start to gain storage during the month of December. This year at least so far we're losing storage," explained Roos. "So that number may well be one hundred and fifteen percent by the end of the month - definitely a good carryover situation that will help out if we have a less than average water year."

January is when monthly snow surveys begin, which assess the snow pack and its water content.

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