The importance of Snow
It is early and more snow will come and Abramovich will do four more surveys which will provide critical information, useful to every Idaho citizen. "what we do is measure and monitor the amount of snow in the mountains so when it melts we will have an idea how much water will be available to the farmers. They are making decisions now as to what to plant this coming year based on the reservoir carryover storage and the amount of snow we have in the mountains. If they know they don't get full water rights, then they plant less or fewer acres. So we will come up here and measure the pack until early April so we can give them a full idea of what the water supply looks like. We have a number of people watching this data including bank loan officers, the agricultural community, recreation, winter and summer, and Hydro power companies as well. How much snow falls in the mountains this year determines our power prices come summer.