Lots of snow in Duteau Creek watershed

Officials monitoring to make sure there is sufficient water for the summer months

There’s lots of snow in the hills.

Duteau Creek readings show the water content of the snow is 110 per cent of average for this time of year, while snow depth is 113 per cent of average.

Greater Vernon Water also measures water storage in the Duteau Creek reservoirs,” said Emma Posluns, water sustainability co-ordinator.

“As of Feb. 3, the stored water volume is above average.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, February snowpack levels are at 88 per cent of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle basin, which includes the Kalamalka Lake water source.

The South Thompson basin, which includes the Duteau Creek reservoirs, was recorded at 96 per cent of normal.

Although the readings gathered by GVW staff are slightly above the B.C. River Forecast Centre, the combined readings show a close to average year for snow levels,” said Posluns.

“The centre also predicts near normal stream runoff in the Okanagan, and normal temperatures and precipitation for spring and summer. GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies.”