The History of Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Interviews with U.S. Department of Agriculture Pioneers


Just as snow gives the West water, snow surveys give the West’s water users the knowledge needed for successful conservation. Major sectors of the region’s economy—agriculture, industry, recreation, and government—base their water management plans on information from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Snow Survey and Supply Forecasting Program. 
Snowpack and climate data collected by NRCS and key Federal, State, Tribal, and private partners are used to produce water supply forecasts and drought risk assessments—critical tools in the increasingly challenging effort to balance environmental considerations with rapid population growth, agricultural and energy demands, and climate variability.

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