East Fork flowing again
August 27, 2012
Water is flowing in the East Fork of the Carson River again after running dry earlier this month.
A series of thunderstorms that dumped rain in the Pine Nuts brought the East Fork up for a short time and leveled off at 2.9 feet, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
Those storms weren’t enough to ease Carson Valley’s drought conditions.
Douglas County is one of 1,692 counties nationwide to be in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A dry summer and reduced snowpack during the winter last year have conspired to affect Carson Valley’s hay crop.
According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ebbett’s Pass at the source of the East Fork had 17.1 feet of snow in 2012.
While not a record, it was one of the four lowest levels since 1979.
Records for the Carson Pass snow course go back to 1930, and show the snow pack for this year in the lowest eight readings.
Nevada Snow Survey Program Manager Dan Greenlee said that while this year was bad, there have been worse years, such as 1977.
As of the end of July, Minden was at a third of its average rainfall for the water year recording only 2.85 inches. Ebbetts was actually the wettest location in the basin with 60 percent of its average total of precipitation for the water year, which ends on Sept. 30.