After making its last flight of the water year, a Soil Conservation Service snow survey crew has brought back the good news: late April and early May storms have brought the water prospects for a four-county central Utah area to near average.
From watersheds in Emery, Juab, Sanpete and Sevier counties, the following data were gathered.Emery - The snow is 41 inches deep and contains 13.0 inches of water at the Seely Creek Ranger Station near the Manti Mountain summit. While the current level is 76 percent of average, it's nearly twice the amounts from 1989 and 1990.
Juab - The Reese's Flat course east of Levan has 25 inches of snow containing 6.9 inches of water - 63 percent of normal.
Sanpete - At the Mammoth Ranger Station in Fairview, there is 61 inches of snow, 20.8 inches of water, 100 percent. And at the Huntington-Horeshoe course higher in the canyon, 73 inches of snow and 34.2 inches of water make for 88 percent.
The Headquarters course in Ephraim Canyon has 54 inches of snow, containing 15.8 inches of water, 90 percent; and the Meadows course near the summit, 74 inches of snow, 34.3 inches of water, 89 percent.
The Mt. Baldy Ranger Station, near the head of Twelve Mile Canyon east of Mayfield, has 73 inches of snow, 22.6 inches of water, 86 percent; and Beaver Dams, near the bottom of the canyon, 22 inches of snow, 5.2 inches of water, 65 percent.
Sevier - Measurements were taken at three sites in the critical Salina Canyon watershed. The snow depth at Pickle Keg Springs was not recorded. It contained, however, 17.3 inches of water, 104 percent of average. At Farnsworth Lake, there is 69 inches of snow, containing 22.2 inches of water, 97 percent; and at the Gooseberry Ranger Station, 33 inches of snow, 10.7 inches of water, 107 percent.