Sierra Snowpack Only 17 Percent of Normal Levels

ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (AP) – California’s last snow survey of the season is bad news for the millions of state residents who rely on the snowpack for their water.

The state Department of Water Resources found the water content in the snowpack on Thursday was 17 percent of normal, an ominous situation for a state that depends on a steady stream of snowmelt to replenish reservoirs throughout the summer.

In some places, there was no snow at all.

State officials are projecting they will deliver just 35 percent of the water that has been requested from the 29 agencies that rely on the snowmelt, which supplies more than 25 million Californians.

This year has been one of the driest rainy seasons on record in some parts of California.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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