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Report: Northern Nevada snowpack ranges upward to 193%

April 10, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Snowpacks across northern Nevada range from 143% to 193% of median as of April 1, according to a report by the National Resources Conservation Service.

The federal agency that provides technical support to farmers and other private landowners and managers also reports that the April 1 forecasts for flows of water in rivers and streams, known as streamflow, point toward an excellent runoff season statewide, the Nevada Appeal reported on Wednesday.

High streamflow will keep reservoirs in northern Nevada in great shape as the area heads into next winter, the service says.

April 1 snowpacks are 172% to 193% of median in the eastern Sierra, and 143% to 171% of median across the Northern Great Basin and the Humboldt, Owyhee, Snake River and Clover Valley basins.

The latest snowpack totals show the Carson Basin is at 193%, while the Walker and Lake Tahoe Basins are at 183%, and the Truckee Basin is at 172%.

Reservoirs across Northern Nevada are expected to fill this spring, the agency says.

Water managers have been creating room in reservoirs along the Truckee River. Flows were also increased on the Carson River below Lahontan Reservoir at the end of March.

Reservoirs may fill later than usual to maintain flood-control space because of the large snowpack, according to the service. It says to expect good reservoir inflows and excellent carryover storage next winter.

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Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com