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California to carry out 3rd snowpack survey, release urban water use report card


ECHO SUMMIT, California — The California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday will carry out the winter's third survey of the Sierra Nevada's snowpack, which shows no signs of recovery.

Measurements at an elevation of about 6,800 feet about 90 miles east of Sacramento will begin Tuesday morning. Results are expected by early afternoon, the department said.

The season's first two manual surveys on Dec. 30 and Jan. 29 found a below-normal snowpack.

Recent electronic readings have revealed a trend of declining water content in the snowpack this wet season.

The statewide water content on Thursday was just 19 percent of the historical average for the date, the department said.

State officials on Tuesday will also release the first water use report card since residents met Gov. Jerry Brown's call to slash consumption by 20 percent in December, which was a rainy month.

The data help monitor the effectiveness of the state's emergency conservation regulations. The state is urging continued conservation as California enters the fourth year of a drought.

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