The purpose of the program is to provide western states and Alaska with information on future water supplies. NRCS field staff collect and analyze data on depth and water equivalent of the snowpack at more than 1,200 mountain sites and estimate annual water availability, spring runoff, and summer streamflows. Individuals, organizations, and state and Federal agencies use these forecasts for decisions relating to agricultural production, fish and wildlife management, municipal and industrial water supply, urban development, flood control, recreation power generation, and water quality management.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide accurate forecasts of surface water supply within the first 5 working days of each month, January-June.
  • Efficiently obtain, manage, and disseminate high quality information on snow, water, climate, and hydrologic conditions.
  • Develop and apply technology necessary to meet changing needs of water users.

Nevada Snow Survey Overview:

The following video provides a basic overview of the Nevada NRCS Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program. For a factsheet with similar information click here.

Other Background Information:

Data Collection Network:

Standards and Specifications:


Educator Resources:

  • Nevada Department of Agriculture - Water & Agriculture Curriculum Series - VideosLesson Plans

For more information contact:

Jeff Anderson, Water Supply Specialist
Nevada NRCS Snow Survey Program
C. Clifton Young Federal Building
300 Booth Street, Room 2070
Reno, NV  89509
Phone:  775-224-3484 (cell)
email: jeff.anderson@usda.gov