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Drought Taking a Toll on Truckee River

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It's not just this winter that's been dry so far, most of northern Nevada is in the middle of a multi-year drought.

Reno usually receives about 7.5 inches of precipitation a year. Last calendar year, we only got four.

The situation is even worse in Tahoe City where they average about 31 inches of precipitation annually. In 2013, Tahoe City only received 8.9 inches of precipitation, which is the lowest calendar year total since 1910.

Federal Water Master, Chad Blanchard, says they haven't been able to meet what's called the Floriston Rate, which is the court mandated Truckee River flow that basically meets power generation, agriculture, and municipal demands.

"We are to the point now where we basically cannot meet those rates and can't meet those flows. We have ran out of storage for the most part in the Boca Reservoir and Lake Tahoe is so low it's down to the point it's so low we only have about a half a foot of storage at the lake."

Blanchard says if we don't receive some significant precipitation soon the irrigation season in the spring and summer will be dramatically affected.

"The forecasts are really poor at this time, so if we go through January and don't receive any or very much precip, then it becomes really are looking hard to get out of the hole we've created."

You can watch the entire interview on my weekend show Face the State this Saturday at 3:30pm and 8:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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