San Luis Reservoir

San Luis Reservoir is an off-stream storage facility in Central California. It is critically low because of drought conditions and regulatory issues aimed at protecting endangered fish in the San Joaquin River Delta.

Preliminary California water picture is bleak

California's 2014 water picture is currently very bleak.    

California’s first snow survey of 2014 revealed little surprise: with more bare ground than snow, the state’s water outlook is bleak.

Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of average for this time of year. That is 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack normally is at its peak. Melting snow provides California with about one-third of its water for cities and farms.

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