NID snow pack above normal |

NID snow pack above normal

The snow pack in the Nevada Irrigation District’s watershed is more plentiful than normal, despite a relatively dry February, the district reported Friday.

The district said a survey taken Wednesday and Thursday measured the average water content of the snow at 32.8 inches, which is 107 percent of the historic average of 30.7 inches on March 1.

NID’s 10 reservoirs currently hold 156,000 acre feet of water, which is 62 percent of capacity and 92 percent of the average for this time of the year. An acre foot is enough water to cover one acre with 1 foot of water.

“With February bringing only 37 percent of average precipitation, I feel fortunate that the snow pack is still above average,” said Sue Sindt, operations supervisor for NID.

“There has been some melting of the snow in the lower- and mid-elevations,” she said. “Most of the runoff from the melting snow has been captured in the reservoirs.”

Water content was measured at 131 percent of average a year ago. The next survey, April 1, is generally regarded as the best indicator of the water supply for the rest of the year.

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