2012-06-21 / Front Page

Yosemite plans for water conservation

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR
Officials in Yosemite National Park say that to date, 2012 is one of the 10 driest years on record. Because of that, Park officials are planning to implement water conservation measures. Without significant precipitation in the upcoming days and weeks, the Tuolumne and South Fork Merced Rivers will drop to levels where it will be necessary to implement water conservation plans for the residents and visitors to Tuolumne Meadows and Wawona. Water conservation measures are mandatory when flow rates drop below six cubic feet per second (CFS). As of June 22, the South Fork Merced River was measured at 17 CFS, and hydrologic modeling indicates that Wawona will need to implement conservation procedures in early July. Further, without significant rainfall, these levels will continue to drop and each river will likely reach critical levels by late July. Critical levels are reached when demand for water exceeds the supply which is at two CFS.

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