Sierra Snowpack Rocks With 200% Of Average Water Content Measured

From Patch The result of 30 atmospheric rivers slamming California this winter measured up to the hype, with what might have been the last survey of the season in the Sierra Nevada mountains Tuesday coming in at 200 percent of average in snow water content. Even as state Department of Water Resources engineers sampled the snowpack, the snow-and-rain mix hit the South Lake Tahoe region 12 miles from where the manual survey took place. DWR recorded 106.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 51 inches. “It is abnormal. Usually our April survey is nice and sunny,” DWR spokesman Chris Orrock told Patch. The team was pummeled with sleet to the point “we could barely see” during Tuesday’s survey (more)

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.