State water officials conduct snow survey

January 29, 2010 4:28:49 PM PST
California water officials have good news and bad news for the state's water supply.

Crews took their second Sierra snowpack survey of the season. They found the water content is at 115 percent of normal for this time of year.

However, officials say that is still not enough for the state's water supplies to catch up from three years of drought.

"We're probably headed toward something like an average year. Unfortunately, that doesn't get us back to where we need to be on reservoir storage. We need a well-above average, either a way above average single year, or a series of above average years in succession," snow survey chief Frank Gehrke said.

Experts found that the central Sierra, which includes Lake Tahoe, had the lowest water content, at 101 percent of average.