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Truckee River passes peak; drought worries intensify

RENO, Nev. — Some of the lowest season flows in the Truckee River in four decades are raising concerns about Nevada’s lingering drought. The water trickling down from the melting mountain snowpack apparently reached its peak this past week, both sooner and smaller than normal. Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard said it’s the third lowest peak for runoff since detailed records were kept starting about 40 years ago. The lowest were in 1977 and 1988. “It’s pretty ugly,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal ( The second dry winter in a row produced only about half the normal snowpack. Blanchard said …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated May 6, 2013 11:54PM Published May 6, 2013 11:54PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.