SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On January 3, 2019, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the first snow survey media availability of the season. This event invites members of the media to join DWR staff as they measure water content in the snowpack, a key indicator for water supply.
When: Thursday January 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Phillips Station, intersection of US 50 and Sierra-at-Tahoe Road (directions below)
Who: California Department of Water Resources
The Phillips Station snow course is one of more than 260 snow courses across the Sierra Nevada that DWR manually or electronically measures each winter and early spring. Data collected from the monthly snow surveys help determine the amount of water that will melt and run off to state reservoirs during warmer months. The information is critical to the water managers who allocate California’s natural water resources to regions downstream.
John King with DWR’s Snow Survey Section, along with Dr. Michael Anderson (DWR’s State Climatologist), will conduct the snow survey and respond to questions from the media. King, Anderson, and other DWR staff will be available for interviews immediately following the briefing.