State officials will be in Fresno on Thursday to tell the public how dire California’s four-year drought has become.
The topics in the briefing will range from lack of precipitation above to the sinking groundwater below. But, maybe more important now, they’ll talk about this summer and how the major water projects will operate.
The public is invited to register for the free meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alice Peters Auditorium at California State University, Fresno. The briefing is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the nonprofit Water Education Foundation, based in Sacramento.
Just a reminder about the drought, last year was among the driest on record. This year, it’s not much better, though Northern California did get a lot of rain in December.
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The snowpack is actually smaller this year and fading faster than last year. Overall it is just 13% of average for this time of year. Last year at this point, the snowpack was 28% of average.