Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting

To provide information on forthcoming seasonal water supplies from streams that derive most of their run off from snow melt.

To help farm operators, rural communities, and municipalities use water- supply forecasts in managing water resources.

To provide hydrometeorological data for regulating
reservoir storage and managing stream flow.

To provide soil moisture/temperature and climate data to support drought assessment, fire hazard assessment, wildlife management and climate change research.

To obtain, evaluate and disseminate climate data in support of NRCS conservation activities including models.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the National Water & Climate Center, Portland, OR.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

California's Department of Water Resources, which coordinates and issues snow surveys for that State, and the British Columbia Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, supply data for the monthl