Snowpack survey: dismal

Gardener Tom Mollison keeps the pansies going with a spritz of water at The Mariposa Lodge. Erik Skindrud/The GAZETTEThe first snow survey of the year brought news that most people already knew: California is in the midst of a drought.
The California Department of Water Resources found more bare ground than snow while measuring snowpack in the Sierra on Jan. 3. The measurements were taken on Highway 50 near Echo Summit.
The snowpack’s water content in the state is about 20 percent of average fo...

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