State of the snowpack

Snow surveyors skied to the snow course at Bear Basin at 6,500 feet in the Trinity Alps Wilderness to measure depth and determine water content. From left are Josh Smith from the Watershed Research and Training Center, Michael Novak and Chance Callahan. They found 44.5 inches of snow with 18 inches of water content at the site which is one of several monitored to determine snowpack in the Trinity River Basin. More results have been added to the state Department of Water Resources website since last week, but it didn’t change the bottom line much. The Feb. 1 snowpack in Trinity County was at 74 percent of average, which mirrors the statewide results. However, water allocations are made based on the April 1 snowpack, so there is time to catch up.

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