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Snowpack levels healthy, but Lake Lahontan low

While winter precipitation has reached a healthy level, Lahontan Reservoir remains low due to the breach in the Truckee Canal that is preventing diversions from the Truckee River.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service released its February 2008 water supply outlook report Friday, which forecasts the Carson River to flow 110 percent above normal at Fort Churchill from April to July, the months when the runoff from the higher-elevation snowpack feeds the river.

The snow-water content in the Carson River Basin skyrocketed in early January, climbing from 57 percent on Jan. 1 to 113 percent of average by Jan. 7. The February report states January's precipitation was 146 percent of average - much higher than last year's average of only 49 percent.

"We're in excellent shape now with the snowpack coming back," said Dan Greenlee, water supply specialist with NRCS. "January was just incredibly, phenomenally wet. It helped us recoup on that."

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