Central coast water supply unaffected by snowpack levels

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 8th, 2016

NEWPORT — The Oregon snowpack is holding at healthy levels across the state despite a warmer-than-usual February. But on the coast, where water supply comes from groundwater, residents are unlikely to reap the benefits.

“Because of the (low) elevation and the warmer climate … the streams on the west side are dependent on rainfall,” said Scott Oviatt, snow survey supervisory hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Portland.

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