The final snow survey of the year (May 1) found more bare ground than snow. The readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content, which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities, at a mere 18 percent of average for the date. “Coupled with half our normal rainfall and low reservoir storage, the practically nonexistent snowpack reinforces the message that we need to save every drop we can just to meet basic needs,”said Department of Water Resources director Mark Cowin. 

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