tldr: Final measurements place 2016 as a Below Normal water year for the SFAR.
2016 Final Water Year Determination – South Fork of the American River
With the end of September also comes the end of the 2015-2016 California water year. Measurements for the Full Natural Flow for the American River at Folsom as measured by the Department of Water Resources puts the South Fork of the American River as having had a Below Normal water year.
Actual versus Forecasted
If you remember the final May Forecast, we had been expecting an Above Normal water year with 2,850 thousand acre-feet. The final measurements place us as having received 2,595 thousand acre-feet. While the forecast was off by just 9%, that small change has us slipping out of Above Normal and into Below Normal by a slim, but no less meaningful, 5 thousand acre-feet of water