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No Snow Isn't a Big Concern for Yakima's Water Supply

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It certainly wasn't a White Christmas, and if our region doesn't see some significant snowfall in the upcoming months the water supply could be in jeopardy. It certainly wasn't a White Christmas, and if our region doesn't see some significant snowfall in the upcoming months the water supply could be in jeopardy.

YAKIMA, WA - It certainly wasn't a White Christmas, and if our region doesn't see some significant snowfall in the upcoming months the water supply could be in jeopardy.

However, right now there isn't a high level of concern. A supervisor for Yakima's Bureau of Reclamation said we're at half of where we usually are at this time of year.

The Yakima Valley considers snowpack to be their sixth reservoir. During the springtime, the melting snow provides healthy river flows and irrigation water to local farmers.

The deeper the snow the better things will be for many across the region.

"We've been in this situation a lot of times, and January, February, March usually bail us out," said Chuck Garner, the River Operations and Land Resources Supervisor for the Bureau of Reclamation. "So right now, I'm not to concerned about it."

If we don't see snow during the next several months and water supply is short, junior rights water holders will get less than their pro-rated amount.

The Bureau of Reclamation is measuring the snowpack level this week to get a better understanding of where we stand.

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