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Sean de Guzman, chief of the California Department of Water Resources Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Section, carries the measure tape to the next sampling point for the first snow survey of the 2020 season. The event was held at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Helping with the survey are Lauren Miller, engineer DWR’s Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Section and Ramesh Gautum, Chief California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. The survey site is approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50 in El Dorado County. Photo taken January 2, 2020.

DWR conducted the first manual snow survey of 2020 at Phillips Station. The manual survey recorded 33.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 11 inches, which is 97 percent of average for this location. The SWE measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack, which provides a more accurate forecast of spring runoff.

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Aerial view of San Luis Reservoir in Merced County.

DWR removed a caution advisory that had been in effect since October 25 at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County. DWR urges all recreational users to exercise caution and avoid direct contact with blue-green algae.

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A day of fishing on the shoreline of Silverwood Lake part of the Eastern Branch of the California State Water Project in San Bernardino County.

DWR has removed a caution advisory that had been in effect since October 26 at Silverwood Lake’s Cleghorn Beach in San Bernardino County. DWR urges all recreational users to exercise caution and avoid direct contact with blue-green algae.

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Photo of Silverwood Lake

DWR lowered a warning advisory that had been in effect since October 16 at Silverwood Lake’s Cleghorn Beach in San Bernardino County. Water contact is now allowed, but DWR urges all recreational users to exercise caution and avoid direct contact with blue-green algae.

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