When state snow surveyors visit the Sierra Nevada, they will find a snowpack well above average for the date-and California agricultural organizations say they hope that translates into improved water supplies for the state’s farmers and ranchers. “You would think that a snowpack in the range of 175 percent of average would assure plentiful water supplies, but that link has long ago been severed,” said Tom Nassif, president of the Western Growers Association. Nassif noted the passage of federal legislation called the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which included short-term provisions to increase flexibility of the state’s water system.
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