By Bill Hauck, Water Supply Supervisor. Truckee Meadow Water Authority
This winter brought one of the biggest snowpack years on record, and the water supply outlook for our region is excellent! Official April 1st snowpack measurements for the Lake Tahoe Basin came in at 242% of normal. With the big spring runoff, it is expected that all upstream reservoirs on the Truckee River system will fill this year.
Lake Tahoe, with its massive 744,600-acre foot storage capacity, should come very close to filling. (The top 6.1 ft. of storage above the lake’s rim is used to provide river flows and drought reserves). This is a remarkable rebound for the lake which, in early December, was almost six inches below its natural rim. As of mid-April, Tahoe’s elevation…
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