In snow surveys taken Feb. 24, the Nevada Irrigation District measured 94 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies its water system.
Average water content on five mountain snow courses measured at 26.3 inches, which compares to the March 1 average water content of 28.1 inches.
“February’s precipitation has been well below average, so I’m pleased that the snow water content is this close to average,” NID Water Resources Superintendent Sue Sindt said. “This is a much better result than in 2014 and 2015 when we had only about five inches of water content in each of those years.”
In the annual March 1 snow survey, NID measured water content on mountain snow courses ranging in elevation from 5,650 feet to 7,800 feet.
NID’s highest course, Webber Peak at 7,800 feet, had 76.5 inches of snow with a water content of 30.7 inches. The English Mountain snow course (7,100 ft.) had 72.3 inches of snow with a water content of 32 inches.
Webber Lake (7,000 ft.) had 64.9 inches of snow with a water content of 26.1 inches. Findley Peak (6,500 ft.) had a snowpack of 56.7 inches and a 24.8-inch water content. Bowman Reservoir (5,650 ft.) had 43.3 inches of snow with a 17.8-inch water content.
Seasonal precipitation at Bowman Reservoir reached 51.13 inches by Feb. 24, which equals 110 percent of average for the date. Seasonal precipitation is measured July 1-June 30.
As of Feb. 24, NID reservoirs held 201,500 acre-feet of water, 76 percent of capacity and 112 percent of average for the date.