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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
655 AM PDT SUN SEP 28 2014

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...

...SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN 
NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...

...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EASTERN NEVADA...

1/ NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...AS 
OF APRIL 23 2014...ALL COUNTIES IN NEVADA AND ALL CALIFORNIA 
COUNTIES ALONG THE NEVADA BORDER WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL 
DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
/USDA/. 

ON JANUARY 17 2014 GOV. JERRY BROWN OF CALIFORNIA PROCLAIMED A 
DROUGHT EMERGENCY FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THIS ALLOWS  
THE STATE TO SEEK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND OTHER RELATED HELP FROM 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE PROCLAMATION ALSO ALLOWS THE STATE TO 
REQUEST A BROAD EMERGENCY DECLARATION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. AN 
EMERGENCY DECLARATION WOULD PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  

A SECOND EMERGENCY DROUGHT PROCLAMATION WAS MADE IN APRIL THAT WOULD 
EASE SOME ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND MAKE IT EASIER TO TRANSFER 
WATER TO FARMERS. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ALSO SHORTENS THE APPLICATION 
PROCESS FOR FARMERS SEEKING IRRIGATION WATER AND HASTENS THE PROCESS 
FOR CITIES WANTING TO UPGRADE OR EXPAND WATER SYSTEMS. ADDITIONALLY, 
HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS MAY NOT FINE RESIDENTS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO 
WATER THEIR LAWNS. THE ORDER ALSO MAKES CALFIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY 
RESPONDERS EXEMPT FROM COMPETITIVE BIDDING RULES WHEN BUYING 
EQUIPMENT TO FIGHT FIRES OR REDUCE FIRE RISK. FROM REUTERS, NY, 
APRIL 25, 2014.

SEE WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT /IN LOWER CASE/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON 
DROUGHT DISASTER DECLARATIONS AND ASSISTANCE. 

2/ CURRENT DROUGHT INTENSITY IN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR /DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ IS UPDATED WEEKLY 
BY THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. IT IS A SYNTHESIS OF 
MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF 
SCIENTISTS IN MANY FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS 
THOSE IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY. 

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED BY THE USDA TO DETERMINE DROUGHT 
SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT DISASTER AND IS THE MECHANISM USED TO 
PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IT IS ALSO THE PRIMARY 
TOOL USED BY THE NEVADA DEPARTMENTS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND 
WATER RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND 
MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN. 
 
AS OF SEPTEMBER 23 2014...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST 
OF WESTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS 
IN SEVERE DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER. A 
LARGE PART OF FAR EASTERN NEVADA HAS SEEN IMPROVEMENT IN ITS DROUGHT 
STATUS AS A RESULT OF MONSOON RAINS THAT FELL FROM LATE JULY THROUGH 
THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER.   

THE AREA OF EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED ALL 
OR PORTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

CARSON CITY...CHURCHILL...CLARK...DOUGLAS...ELKO...ESMERALDA...
EUREKA...HUMBOLDT...LANDER...LYON...MINERAL...NYE...PERSHING...
STOREY AND WASHOE.

THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF DROUGHT...WHERE IT IS CLASSIFIED AS 
EXCEPTIONAL...ARE MUCH OF PERSHING AND CHURCHILL COUNTIES...A SMALL 
PART OF WESTERN LANDER COUNTY...ALL OF STOREY COUNTY AND CARSON 
CITY...MUCH OF DOUGLAS COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF WASHOE 
COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED EASTERN AND 
CENTRAL ELKO COUNTY ALONG WITH WHITE PINE COUNTY...FAR EASTERN NYE 
COUNTY AND MUCH OF LINCOLN COUNTY...WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS IN 
MODERATE DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 1/ OR ABNORMALLY DRY. 

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL 
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM MODOC SOUTH TO WESTERN SAN 
BERNARDINO. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 
4/INCLUDING MOST OF LASSEN COUNTY...ALL OF PLUMAS...SIERRA...
NEVADA...PLACER AND EL DORADO COUNTIES AND MOST OF ALPINE COUNTY. 
SOUTHEAST INYO AND MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WAS CLASSIFIED AS 
HAVING SEVERE DROUGHT...EXCEPT FOR AREAS OF SAN BERNARDINO BORDERING 
THE COLORADO RIVER WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS HAVING MODERATE DROUGHT.  

3/ SYNOPSIS...
MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MOST OF EASTERN 
CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 2011. SOUTHERN AND 
EASTERN NEVADA HAVE SEEN NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION DURING THIS TIME. MUCH OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXPERIENCED 
RECORD TO NEAR RECORD DRYNESS SINCE OCTOBER 2012. SINCE SEPTEMBER 
2013...PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL OF THE AREA 
EXCEPT PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EASTERN NEVADA AND 
A VERY SMALL PART OF WEST CENTRAL NEVADA. ABOVE AVERAGE 
PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEVADA IN MAY OF 2014 AND 
AGAIN DURING THE SUMMER MONSOON FROM JULY THROUGH EARLY SEPTEMBER 
2014 BROUGHT EAST CENTRAL NEVADA TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 
MONTHS. HEAVY RAIN IN MAY 2014 AND AGAIN IN JULY AND AUGUST 2014 
BROUGHT A SMALL PART OF WESTERN NEVADA...LARGELY MINERAL COUNTY...
TO ABOVE AVERAGE. THIS ALSO BROUGHT SMALL PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL AND 
WESTERN NEVADA TO JUST ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE PAST 24 MONTHS. 
  
/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/ 

THE DRIEST AREAS...THOSE THAT HAVE HAD LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2013...INCLUDE WESTERN 
LASSEN...PLUMAS...SIERRA...EASTERN NEVADA...EASTERN PLACER AND 
EASTERN EL DORADO COUNTIES ALONG WITH PARTS OF MONO...INYO AND SAN 
BERNARDINO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA. IN NEVADA SOUTHERN WASHOE...
STOREY...DOUGLAS...CARSON CITY AND NORTHWEST LYON COUNTIES ALONG 
WITH A SMALL PART OF SOUTHERN NYE COUNTY...SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWEST 
CLARK COUNTY AND EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED LESS THAN 
70 PERCENT OF THEIR AVERAGE PRECIPITATION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2013.

THE AREAS OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME 
INCLUDE NORTHEAST NYE...MUCH OF WHITE PINE COUNTY AND CENTRAL AND 
NORTHERN ELKO COUNTIES IN EASTERN NEVADA ALONG WITH MUCH OF MINERAL 
COUNTY...A SMALL PART OF SOUTHERN LYON AND SOUTHEAST DOUGLAS 
COUNTIES IN WESTERN NEVADA. IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA SOUTHEAST ALPINE 
COUNTY AND NORTHERN MONO COUNTY HAD REACHED ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE 
PAST 12 MONTHS ALONG WITH THAT PAST OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ALONG 
THE COLORADO RIVER. THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION CAN LARGELY BE 
ATTRIBUTED TO A VERY ACTIVE NORTH AMERICAN MONSOON SEASON...BUT THE 
EFFECTS ON LONG TERM DROUGHT IN THE WESTERN PART OF NEVADA AND THE 
EASTERN SIERRA IS QUESTIONABLE.
 
4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...
THIS PAST WINTER WAS THE THIRD STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. THE FOLLOWING IMPACTS...WHILE 
NOT ALL INCLUSIVE...REPRESENT SOME OF THE MOST IMPACTFUL EFFECTS OF 
THE CONTINUING DROUGHT ON THE REGION OVER THE THE LAST YEAR. 

A/ RANCHING...
A NEVADA STATE LEGISLATIVE BILL /SB 134/ TO ALLOW NEVADA LIVESTOCK 
OWNERS IN DROUGHT STRICKEN AREAS EMERGENCY ACCESS TO WATER WAS 
PASSED BY THE NEVADA SENATE AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE GOVERNOR IN 
MAY 2013. IT CREATED AN EMERGENCY WATER PERMITTING PROCESS WHICH IS 
AVAILABLE WHEN STATE OR FEDERAL OFFICIALS DECLARE A DROUGHT 
EMERGENCY. RANCHERS SHOULD CONTACT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WATER 
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION AT HTTP://WATER.NV.GOV/ OR BY PHONE 
AT 775-684-2800.

IN MAY THE BLM OFFICE IN BATTLE MOUNTAIN REQUESTED NINE RANCHERS WHO 
HAVE GRAZING RIGHTS ON THE ARGENTA ALLOTMENT TO REST SENSITIVE AREAS 
DURING THE COMING SUMMER TO ALLOW THE RANGE TO RECOVER FROM THREE 
YEARS OF EXTREME DROUGHT. THE ALLOTMENT COVERS 365,000 ACRES SOUTH 
OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN. THE RANGE HAD SUFFERED DAMAGE AND NEEDED TIME TO 
RECOVER TO REMAIN A PRODUCTIVE RANGELAND FOR LIVESTOCK. THE AFFECTED 
RANCHERS ARE SEARCHING FOR PASTURE FOR THEIR LIVESTOCK AND FEEL THE 
BLM HAS NOT DEALT FAIRLY WITH THEM. THE RANCHER HOLDING THE MOST 
GRAZING RIGHTS BEGAN SELLING CATTLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE REDUCTION IN 
ANIMAL UNIT MONTHS. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, MAY 6, 2014.

AS OF MAY 29, 2014 THE BLM HAD AGREED TO ALLOW THE ABOVE RANCHERS 
CONTINUED GRAZING RIGHTS IN THE DISPUTED AREAS AS LONG AS LINGERING 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS DO NOT WORSEN. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV SUN. MAY 29, 
2014.

ON JULY 23, 2014 THE BATTLE MOUNTAIN BLM OFFICE ONCE AGAIN ANNOUNCED 
THE CLOSURE OF SOME OF THE ARGENTA GRAZING ALLOTMENTS. THE BLM CITED 
DATA THAT INDICATED DROUGHT TRIGGERS HAD BEEN MET REQUIRING REMOVAL 
OF CATTLE FROM NINE SEGMENTS OF THE ALLOTMENT. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY 
FREE PRESS, JULY 24, 2014.

THE AGRICULTURAL ACT OF 2014 NOW ALLOWS LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO HAVE 
SUFFERED LOSSES AS FAR BACK AS OCTOBER OF 2011 TO APPLY FOR 
ASSISTANCE. THE LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM CAN HELP THOSE WHOSE 
GRAZING LAND SUFFERED FROM DROUGHT IN 2012. A LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY 
PROGRAM MAY ASSIST PRODUCERS WHO LOST STOCK DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. 
OFFICIALS WITH THE USDA SAID AS MUCH AS $2-3 BILLION MAY BE PAID FOR 
PAST DISASTERS. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JAN 1, 2015. FROM 
LINCOLN, NE, JOURNAL STAR, APRIL 17, 2014.

DUE TO THE DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATION THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN 
THE REGION...RANCHERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FINANCIAL AND 
TAX RELIEF THROUGH USDA. SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES AGENCY WEBSITE 
FOR DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV. 

B/ AGRICULTURE...
FARMERS DID NOT RECEIVE A FULL ALLOCATION OF WATER IN THE SUMMER OF 
2013 AND MOST RECEIVED LITTLE IF ANY OF THEIR ALLOCATIONS FOR THE 
SUMMER OF 2014.   

HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
THE NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES IN ELKO NEVADA REPORTED THAT 
MOST IRRIGATORS ALONG THE HUMBOLDT RIVER ABOVE RYE PATCH RESERVOIR 
WERE NOT SERVED ANY WATER DURING THE 2012 OR 2013 IRRIGATION 
SEASONS.  

IRRIGATORS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BELOW RYE PATCH DAM IN PERSHING 
COUNTY RECEIVED ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL ALLOTMENT LAST 
SEASON. AS OF EARLY SEPTEMBER 2014 NO DELIVERIES HAD BEEN SET FOR 
THIS IRRIGATION SEASON ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BELOW RYE PATCH 
RESERVOIR. MOST FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN DO 
NOT SUPPLEMENT SURFACE WATER WITH GROUND WATER. RYE PATCH RESERVOIR 
REMAINS NEAR 5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY.

THE FIVE COUNTIES OF THE HUMBOLDT RIVER WATER AUTHORITY 
/HUMBOLDT...ELKO...EUREKA...LANDER AND PERSHING/ HAVE REINFORCED THE 
STATE OF NEVADA ACTION DECLARING A DROUGHT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD 
ENCOURAGE NEVADA AND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE TO BEST HANDLE 
DROUGHT IMPACTS IN THE HARD HIT AREAS.

WALKER RIVER BASIN...
INITIAL STORAGE WATER ALLOCATIONS FOR THE WALKER RIVER BASIN FOR THE 
2014 IRRIGATION SEASON WERE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 14 2014. WELL BELOW 
AVERAGE STORAGE IN BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR AND TOPAZ LAKE ALONG WITH A 
BELOW AVERAGE SNOW PACK IN THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE WALKER BASIN 
RESULTED IN STORAGE ALLOCATIONS SET AT 9.5 PERCENT ON THE EAST 
WALKER RIVER AND 1.33 PERCENT ON THE WEST WALKER RIVER. THE WALKER 
RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT WAS ENCOURAGING WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS TO 
TAKE THEIR WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE RATHER THAN WAIT LATER IN THE 
SEASON. SOME FARMERS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT SUCH LOW ALLOCATIONS MAY 
NOT JUSTIFY DIVERTING THE WATER AS THEIR ALLOCATIONS MAY EVAPORATE 
BEFORE REACHING THEM. RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARCH 15, 2014. 

THERE WAS SOME CONCERN AS WELL THAT THE STORAGE ALLOCATIONS COULD 
EVAPORATE IN THE RESERVOIRS BEFORE BEING SERVED. IN A CONVERSATION 
WITH THE WALKER RIVER WATERMASTER IN YERINGTON IT WAS NOTED THAT 
SURFACE WATER ALLOCATIONS WILL BE DETERMINED ON A DAILY BASIS THIS 
IRRIGATION SEASON. ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE WALKER RIVER 
WATERMASTER IN EARLY JUNE INDICATED THERE HAD BEEN NO DELIVERIES 
FROM THE EAST WALKER RIVER AND THE WEST WALKER DELIVERED ONLY 5 DAYS 
WORTH OF DECREED WATER TO 1865 WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS. THE WATERMASTER 
ALSO INDICATED THAT WELLS WERE BEING REDRILLED IN THE BASIN AND 
PUMPING OPERATIONS WERE VERY HIGH IN JUNE.

IN LATE AUGUST A COCORAHS OBSERVER IN YERINGTON REPORTED ALFALFA 
FIELDS BEING LEFT DRY WITH GROUNDWATER USED TO IRRIGATE ONLY A SMALL 
NUMBER OF FIELDS. THE WALKER RIVER WAS AT A TRICKLE WITH NO WATER 
FOR IRRIGATION. LEVELS IN DOMESTIC WELLS WERE DROPPING ALONG WITH 
IRRIGATION WELLS.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...
ON MAY 9 2014 THE TRUCKEE-CARSON IRRIGATION DISTRICT /TCID/ 
ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO CUT ALLOTMENTS FOR THE 2014 IRRIGATION SEASON TO 
45 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THIS PLAN STILL NEEDED APPROVAL OF THEIR BOARD 
MEMBERS...BUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE EARLY TO ALLOW FARMERS IN 
AND AROUND THE FALLON AREA WHO DEPEND ON WATER FROM TCID TO MAKE 
PLANS TO CUT THEIR WATER USAGE. FROM KTVN AND KRNV, RENO, NV. MAY 9, 
2014.

IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPUTY MANAGER FOR TCID IT WAS REPORTED 
THAT RELEASES FROM LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WOULD END ON OR ABOUT THE END 
OF JULY. THIS IS LARGELY DUE TO DECREASED FLOWS IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER 
THAT COULD NOT BE DIVERTED INTO LAHONTAN. SMALL RELEASES ARE PLANNED 
FROM LATE AUGUST INTO EARLY OCTOBER FOR WILDLIFE PURPOSES...BUT NO 
FURTHER AGRICULTURAL RELEASES ARE PLANNED.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
AS OF JULY 30, 2014 RELEASES FROM BOCA RESERVOIR WERE CUT 
DRASTICALLY. THIS REDUCED FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER BY ABOUT HALF. 
FLOWS REMAIN AT NEAR MINIMUMS FROM LAKE TAHOE...WHICH STOOD AT ABOUT 
0.2 FEET ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM AS OF MID SEPTEMBER. THE REDUCTION IN 
FLOWS WILL MEAN THAT FLORISTON RATES WERE NOT MET FOR THE LATTER 
HALF OF THE SUMMER AND THIS MAY CONTINUE INTO EARLY TO MID FALL. THE 
LOWERED FLOWS RESULTED IN LITTLE IF ANY WATER REACHING AREA 
IRRIGATION DITCHES AND REDUCED FLOWS NEAR DERBY DAM...NOT ALLOWING 
TCID TO WITHDRAW WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE FOR USE IN THE LOWER CARSON. 

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY...WHICH ALSO DRAWS WATER FROM THE 
TRUCKEE...MAY NEED TO BE USING SOME OF ITS DROUGHT RESERVES STORED 
IN DONNER LAKE AND INDEPENDENCE LAKE.  

DUE TO THE DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATION THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN 
THE REGION...FARMERS MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FINANCIAL AND TAX 
RELIEF THROUGH USDA.  SEE THE USDA FARM SERVICES AGENCY WEBSITE FOR 
DETAILS /WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV. 

SUSAN RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MAY IN A DISCUSSION WITH THE HONEY LAKE BASIN WATERMASTER 
IT WAS LEARNED THAT SURFACE WATER DELIVERIES FROM THE SUSAN RIVER 
HAD ENDED AS RESERVOIRS WERE EMPTY AT THAT TIME. THE ONLY AVAILABLE 
WATER TO RANCHERS WAS GROUND WATER. IN EARLY JUNE THE USDA RECEIVED 
FEEDBACK FROM THE CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION IN LASSEN COUNTY THAT 
CONDITIONS WERE THE SAME IF NOT WORSE THAN 2012 WITH CREEKS AND 
STREAMS DRYING UP AND NO RUN OFF FROM SNOWMELT.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA WERE OFFERED 20 MILLION 
DOLLARS IN AID BY THE USDA FOR WATER CONSERVATION PROJECTS. THESE 
INCLUDED SUCH PROJECTS AS UPDATING IRRIGATION METHODS...PREVENTING 
EROSION FROM UNPLANTED FIELDS AND DETERMINING BETTER METHODS TO 
WATER LIVESTOCK. FARMERS WHO RECEIVE LESS THAN 15 PERCENT OF THEIR 
WATER ALLOCATIONS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY. FROM SACRAMENTO CA BEE, 
FEB 15, 2014.

COLORADO RIVER BASIN...
THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND FOUR MUNICIPAL WATER PROVIDERS IN 
ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA AND COLORADO HAVE CONTRIBUTED 11 MILLION 
DOLLARS TO PROMOTE WATER CONSERVATION IN THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN. 
THEY WILL TAKE PART IN A PILOT PROGRAM TO REDUCE WATER DEMAND BY 
FARMERS, CITIES AND INDUSTRIES. FROM LAS VEGAS NV SUN, JULY 31, 2014.

C/ FIRE DANGER...  
PRECIPITATION IN MAY...JULY AND AUGUST HELPED TO REDUCE FIRE DANGER 
IN NORTHERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...BUT AFTER TWO WEEKS OF 
DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS FIRE DANGER INCREASED AGAIN BY LATE AUGUST 
AND EARLY SEPTEMBER TO NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. BY MID SEPTEMBER...
SLIGHTLY COOLER WEATHER AND RAIN FROM AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE HAD 
ONCE AGAIN REDUCED FIRE DANGER OVER MUCH OF THE AREA. AS OF 
SEPTEMBER 22 2014 FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS HIGH OVER MOST OF 
SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA ALONG WITH A FEW POCKETS OF 
HIGH FIRE DANGER IN NORTH CENTRAL NEVADA. THE REMAINDER OF THE 
REGION WAS GENERALLY RATED AS MODERATE.  

FIRE DANGER CLASSIFICATION IS UPDATED DAILY.
SEE HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG FOR CURRENT 
CONDITIONS.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE 
REGION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR OCTOBER OVER ALL OF NEVADA AND MOST OF 
EASTERN CALIFORNIA. A SMALL PORTION OF THE SIERRA HAD A FORECAST OF 
RETURNING TO NORMAL FROM ABOVE NORMAL.
  
SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR 
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_ 
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.  

THE BLM ENACTED FIRE RESTRICTIONS TO PROTECT PUBLIC AND NATURAL 
RESOURCES IN THE COLORADO RIVER DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES PARTS OF SAN 
BERNARDINO COUNTY. IT IS NOW FORBIDDEN TO BUILD...MAINTAIN...ATTEND 
OR USE A FIRE...CAMPFIRE...CHARCOAL...COAL OR WOOD STOVE EXCEPT IN 
DEVELOPED RECREATIONAL SITES OR IMPROVED SITES WHERE AGENCY BUILT 
FIRE RINGS OR GRILLS ARE PROVIDED. FROM YUMA, AZ, DAILY SUN, APRIL 
22, 2014.

IN CONVERSATIONS WITH FUELS SPECIALISTS AND FIRE MANAGERS IN THE 
TAHOE BASIN AND BRIDGEPORT RANGER DISTRICT OF THE HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE 
FOREST IT WAS NOTED THAT HEAVY TIMBER FUELS AS OF LATE JULY WERE 
MORE CHARACTERISTIC OF FUEL STATES IN SEPTEMBER...A RESULT OF THE 
VERY DRY CONDITIONS OF THE PREVIOUS MONTHS. EVEN WITH SOME 
CONVECTIVE RAINS...THE BRIDGEPORT DISTRICT IS SEEING FIRE BEHAVIOR 
MORE COMMON TO CONDITIONS IN EARLY FALL WHEN TIMBER IS TYPICALLY 
DRIER. 

D/ FISHERIES...
LOW FLOWS CONTINUE TO IMPACT FISHERIES AROUND THE REGION.

NEVADA DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE REPORTED HIGH IMPACTS TO FISH 
IN LAHONTAN...RYE PATCH...AND OTHER RESERVOIRS THAT ARE SEVERELY 
DRAWN DOWN. THE CARSON...WALKER...HUMBOLDT AND SEVERAL OTHER RIVERS 
AND STREAMS THROUGHOUT THE REGION HAVE ALSO BEEN IMPACTED. 

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT PERIODS OF HIGH 
TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH LOW WATER LEVELS LEAD TO A LESSENING OF 
DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN LAKES AND RESERVOIRS AND LEAD TO DIE OFFS. DIE 
OFFS ARE EXPECTED IN WILDHORSE AND WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIRS IN ELKO 
COUNTY...AND FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THE STATE LIFTED LIMITS IN 
THOSE TWO RESERVOIRS TO ALLOW MORE FISH TO BE REMOVED BEFORE 
CONDITIONS BECOME UNSURVIVABLE. FROM RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JUN 
24, 2014.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AIDED BY VOLUNTEERS RESCUED AN ESTIMATED 6000 
TROUT AND OTHER FISH FROM DRYING DITCHES NEAR RENO IN AUGUST. WATER 
LEVELS IN THE DITCHES DROPPED AFTER TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY 
STOPPED RELEASING TRUCKEE RIVER WATER INTO THE DITCHES FOR 
HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION. THE FISH WERE RELOCATED TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER 
NEAR VERDI. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, AUG 8, 2014.

SEE THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.NDOW.ORG/ 
FOR FISHING CONDITION INFORMATION IN NEVADA.  FOR CALIFORNIA FISHING 
INFORMATION...SEE THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE 
WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.WILDLIFE.CA.GOV/

E/ VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE... 
IN FORESTED AREAS...DROUGHT HAS CAUSED TREES TO BECOME SUSCEPTIBLE 
TO INSECT INFESTATIONS WHICH COULD INCREASE MORTALITY AND FIRE 
DANGER. LESS VEGETATION AND WATER MAY STRESS WILDLIFE CAUSING 
DEHYDRATION...HUNGER...ILLNESS AND DEATH.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS AFFECTED MULE DEER HERDS IN NEVADA DURING THE 
SUMMER AS FORAGE BECAME SCARCE. THIS CAUSED CONCERNS THAT AN 
ESPECIALLY HARD WINTER COULD LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT DIE OFFS OF 
WEAKENED FAWNS AND ADULTS THAT DO NOT RECEIVE ENOUGH FORAGE THIS 
SUMMER AND FALL. MEANWHILE THE BLM CONTINUES TO CLOSELY MONITOR WILD 
HORSE HERDS WANDERING NEVADA. WHILE LATE SPRING FORAGE WAS 
GOOD...THERE IS CONCERN THAT AS THE SUMMER PROGRESSES FORAGE WILL 
BECOME LESS AVAILABLE. THIS COULD LEAD TO DETERIORATING BODY 
CONDITION FOR SOME OF THE HORSES. FROM RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL,  
JUN 24, 2014.

IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS CAPTURED 7 BEARS OVER A 
TEN DAY SPAN ENDING JULY 11, 2014 AS BEARS WERE FORCED TO EXPAND 
THEIR SEARCH FOR FOOD INTO MORE URBANIZED AREAS DUE TO DROUGHT 
CONDITIONS. OFFICIALS REPORTED A TOTAL OF 17 BEARS HANDLED FOR THE 
ENTIRE YEAR AS OF JULY 17 2014...MORE THAN THE TYPICAL NUMBER. WHILE 
A SMALL NUMBER HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED...MANY WERE TAGGED AND RELEASED 
BACK INTO THE WILD. FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, CA, JUL 17, 2014, 
ELKO, NV, DAILY FREE PRESS, JUL 12, 2014 AND ASSOCIATED PRESS 
REPORTS.

A DETERIORATION OF WATER QUALITY IN TWO RENO CITY PARKS WHERE LAKES 
HAD NOT RECEIVED WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE RIVER SINCE EARLY AUGUST WAS 
BLAMED FOR THE DEATH OF NUMEROUS DUCKS. TWENTY FOUR DUCKS WERE FOUND 
DEAD AT VIRGINIA LAKES WHILE ROUGHLY THE SAME NUMBER HAD DIED AT 
PARADISE PARK. AVIAN BOTULISM WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE CAUSE. FROM 
RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, AUG 26, 2014.

IN AN UPDATE...LABORATORY TESTS CONFIRMED AVIAN BOTULISM AS THE CAUSE 
OF DEATH OF DUCKS IN RENO IN LATE AUGUST IN SEVERAL DROUGHT DEPLETED 
LAKES. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, SEP 8, 2014. 

F/ GROUND WATER...
THE CARSON WATER SUBCONSERVANCY DISTRICT HAS REPORTED THAT MANY 
FARMS IN THE WATERSHED ARE PLANNING ON PUMPING MORE GROUND WATER 
THIS SEASON. THIS WOULD POSSIBLY AFFECT THE GROUND WATER LEVELS BY 
THE END OF 2014 IRRIGATION SEASON.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...
RENO/SPARKS...
THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/ SERVING THE RENO AND 
SPARKS NV AREA...ANTICIPATED SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES FOR THE SUMMER 2014 
SEASON INCLUDING THEIR DROUGHT RESERVES....BUT LOWERED FLOWS ON THE 
TRUCKEE THROUGH THE LATE SUMMER MAY FORCE TMWA TO TAP INTO ITS 
RESERVE SUPPLIES. TMWA ASKED RESIDENTS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE 
BY 10 PERCENT IN EARLY AUGUST...BUT NO MANDATORY CONSERVATION 
MEASURES WERE ENACTED. TMWA ALSO ASKED THAT RESIDENTS REFRAIN FROM 
LANDSCAPE WATERING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11 AM AND 7 PM.  TMWA HAS A 
PLAN FOR A NINE YEAR DROUGHT IN PLACE AND HAS THE ABILITY TO DRAW ON 
WELLS IN THEIR SERVICE AREA AS WELL AS STORED WATER UPSTREAM. TMWA 
WILL CONTINUE TO ENFORCE THEIR 3-DAY PER WEEK OUTDOOR WATERING 
SCHEDULE AS IN PAST YEARS.  SEE WWW.TMWA.COM/CONSERVATION FOR 
DETAILS.

THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS POWER AUTHORITY SHUT DOWN THREE HYDROPOWER 
PLANTS IN LATE JULY AS WATER LEVELS FELL TOO LOW TO CONTINUE 
OPERATING. FROM KOLO-TV NEWS 8, RENO, NV, JULY 30, 2014.

LAS VEGAS...
BOTH THE SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY /SNWA/ AND THE LAS VEGAS 
VALLEY WATER DISTRICT /LVVWD/ ENACTED FALL WATERING RESTRICTIONS 
SEPTEMBER 1. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED THREE DAYS PER WEEK AND 
RESTRICTED TO BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7 PM AND 11 AM. NO LANDSCAPE 
WATERING IS ALLOWED BETWEEN 11 AM AND 7 PM.  SEE WWW.SNWA.COM OR 
WWW.LVVWD.COM FOR DETAILS.

SNWA APPROVED A PROJECT TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF AN OLD SHALLOW INTAKE 
PIPE AND PUMPING STATION THAT THE LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY NOW USES TO 
DRAW ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF ITS DRINKING WATER SUPPLY FROM LAKE MEAD. 
OFFICIALS DECLARED THE PROJECT TO BE AN EMERGENCY IN SEPTEMBER OF 
2013 BECAUSE THE U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST 2013 
THE INFLOW TO LAKE MEAD DURING 2014 WOULD BE THE SMALLEST ANNUAL 
WATER DELIVERY IN THE LAKE'S HISTORY. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV, 
REVIEW-JOURNAL, SEPT. 26, 2013.

THE EMERGENCY DROUGHT DECLARATION MADE BY CALIFORNIA GOV. JERRY 
BROWN ON JAN. 17, 2014 ALLOWS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO TAKE MORE 
WATER FROM LAKE MEAD. THIS COULD LEAD TO WATER RESTRICTIONS IN THE 
LAS VEGAS VALLEY BY 2015. ONCE THE LAKE DROPS TO A LEVEL OF 1075 
FEET SNWA CAN DECLARE A WATER SHORTAGE. 

TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM OF A LOWER LAKE LEVEL...SNWA IS 
CONSTRUCTING A THIRD INTAKE PIPE THAT SITS DEEPER IN LAKE MEAD. IF 
THIS INTAKE IS NOT COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE FIRST INTAKE BECOMING 
OBSOLETE...OFFICIALS SAY SOUTHERN NEVADA COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT 
PROBLEMS. POWER GENERATION COULD ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THE LOWERING 
LAKE LEVEL. FROM KLAS, LAS VEGAS, NV, JAN. 26, 2014. 

PLENTIFUL SNOWFALL IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS THIS PAST WINTER WILL 
RESULT IN AN INCREASE TO THE ALLOCATION OF WATER LAKE MEAD RECEIVES 
IN 2015. LAKE MEAD WILL RECEIVE 8.23 MILLION ACRE-FEET FROM LAKE 
POWELL IN 2015 SAID THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ON AUGUST 15, 2014. 
NEXT YEAR'S DELIVERY WILL BE ABOUT 10 PERCENT MORE THAN THIS PAST 
YEAR'S BUT BECAUSE 9 MILLION ACRE-FEET LEAVE LAKE MEAD FOR 
DOWNSTREAM USERS, THE LAKE LEVEL WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE. FROM LAS 
VEGAS, NV, SUN, AUGUST 13, 2014.

CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SIERRA CREST COUNTIES...
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY HELD BACK WATER DURING THE SPRING 
OF 2014 AND GENERATED LESS HYDROPOWER WITH THE EXPECTATION THE WATER 
WOULD BE USED FOR PRODUCTION IN SUMMER WHEN DEMAND WOULD BE HIGHER. 
THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION ESTIMATED PRODUCTION IN THE SIERRA 
IN 2014 WOULD BE ROUGHLY HALF WHAT IT WAS IN 2010, A NORMAL YEAR. 
FROM FRESNO, CA, BEE, AUGUST 4, 2014.

TRUCKEE...
THE CITY OF TRUCKEE IMPOSED MANDATORY STAGE 2 DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS ON 
AUGUST 12, 2014. THIS LIMITED WATERING TO TWO DAYS PER WEEK.

NORTH TAHOE...
THE NORTH TAHOE PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT ALSO IMPOSED STAGE 2 
DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS ON AUGUST 15, 2014. PROHIBITIONS INCLUDE NO 
WASHING OF PAVED SURFACES, NO IRRIGATING BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM, NO 
FILLING OR REFILLING OF SWIMMING POOLS AND NO USE OF POTABLE WATER 
FOR DUST CONTROL.

TAHOE CITY...
STAGE 2 DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 25, 2014, 
RESTRICTING OUTDOOR SPRAY IRRIGATION, IMPOSING DAY OF THE WEEK 
WATERING BASED ON ADDRESSES AND RESTRICTING BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO 
THE SERVING OF WATER ONLY UPON REQUEST.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...
STAGE 1 MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE. RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE: 
NO IRRIGATING OF UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY...NO WATER IN RESTAURANTS 
UNLESS REQUESTED AND NO WASHING OF PAVED SURFACES.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...
LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER PROMPTED THE TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING 
COMPANY AND IRIE RAFTING COMPANY TO ANNOUNCE THEY WOULD ALLOW NO 
RAFTING IN AUGUST...NORMALLY ONE OF THEIR MOST PROFITABLE MONTHS. 
THE SAND HARBOR BOAT RAMP ON LAKE TAHOE'S NORTHEAST SHORE ALSO HAS 
CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. THIS RAMP NORMALLY REMAINS OPEN ALL YEAR. 
FROM KTVN NEWS 2 RENO, NV, JUL 27, 2014. 

THE LOWER LEVEL OF LAKE TAHOE ALSO EXPOSED OBSTACLES THAT WERE  
NEARER THE WATER SURFACE AND CAUSED DAMAGED TO PROPELLERS. THE 
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE TAHOE CITY MARINA NOTED THE LAKE HAD BECOME 
TOO SHALLOW FOR SOME SAILBOATS TO ENTER THE MARINA. FROM TAHOE CITY, 
CA, TRIBUNE, JULY 22, 2014.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 26 2014...

STREAMFLOW IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN WELL BELOW AVERAGE DURING THE 
FALL.

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 
14 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 197 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW 
OF 7.1 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 0.2 
CFS...OR ABOUT 0.003 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 57 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR 
PORTOLA WERE ABOUT 11 CFS OR 61 PERCENT OF THE 18 CFS AVERAGE FLOW 
FOR THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...  
SEPTEMBER 26 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS 
FOLLOWS... /NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/. 

LAKE TAHOE..... 14540 AF... 2 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 4 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG. 
PROSSER RSVR.... 7929 AF...28 PCT OF CAPACITY..62 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG. 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 56531 AF...25 PCT OF CAPACITY..39 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG. 
BOCA RSVR....... 7880 AF...19 PCT OF CAPACITY..33 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG.

SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE TRUCKEE 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... /NOTE...CFS IS ABBREVIATION FOR CUBIC FEET 
PER SECOND/
 
TAHOE CITY...  6 CFS... 0.03 PCT OF  231 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE...... 12 CFS... 0.06 PCT OF  215 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........110 CFS...   24 PCT OF  463 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 46 CFS...   17 PCT OF  277 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........ 80 CFS...   19 PCT OF  416 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH.... 40 CFS...   15 PCT OF  273 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........ 56 CFS...   25 PCT OF  221 CFS AVERAGE 

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........    0 CFS... 0 PCT OF   6 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  2.5 CFS...25 PCT OF 9.9 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE 
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........ 27 CFS.. 37 PCT OF 73 CFS AVG 
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........ 30 CFS.. 32 PCT OF 93 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 15 CFS.. 50 PCT OF 30 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............  7 CFS.. 12 PCT OF 60 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............  0 CFS..  0 PCT OF 26 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
SEPTEMBER 26 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 10261 AF...3 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 10 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON SEPTEMBER 26 WAS 166 CFS...36 PCT OF THE 463 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF SEPTEMBER 26...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 1880 ACRE 
FEET...4 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 14 PCT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 2790 AF...5 PCT OF CAPACITY...11 PCT OF THE
SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE. 

SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... 

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  21 CFS.. 20 PCT OF 103 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  24 CFS.. 40 PCT OF  60 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  10 CFS..  9 PCT OF 112 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  14 CFS..  7 PCT OF 192 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............   0 CFS..  0 PCT OF  68 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF  14 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY SEPTEMBER...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 8897 ACRE 
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 11 PCT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE. 
  
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE 
AS FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........2.9 CFS......   85 PCT OF THE  3.4 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 15 CFS......   43 PCT OF THE   35 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE..... 42 CFS......   91 PCT OF THE   46 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..2.2 CFS......   12 PCT OF THE   18 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......0.07 CFS......0.003 PCT OF THE   19 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   0 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE   35 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM.. 0.1 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE  113 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 
5.8 CFS...OR 123 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 4.7 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON SEPTEMBER 26...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 11090 AF...
16 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 35 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
SEPTEMBER 25 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10087 THOUSAND AF...39 PERCENT OF 
CAPACITY...AND 51 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

ON SEPTEMBER 26 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA 
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 11600 CFS...104 PCT OF THE AVERAGE 
OF 11200 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE LAKE 
MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS CONCERNS.  THE 
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS 39 
CFS...108 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 36 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

6/ LONG RANGE WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER... 

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER IS FOR ABOVE 
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH 
OF NORTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEVADA ALONG WITH NORTHEAST AND EAST 
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR EASTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST NEVADA ALONG WITH 
MOST OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST 
FOR A SMALL PART OF EXTREME SOUTHERN NEVADA ALONG WITH FAR EASTERN 
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED IN LATE OCTOBER.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS 
MAY BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.........................  DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...WHICH INCLUDES DROUGHT MONITOR......  DROUGHT.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER.....................  WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...  WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS HYDROLOGIC MONITORING.....................  WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV

NWS CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER......  WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

NWS NORTHWEST RIVER FORECAST CENTER........... 
WWW.NWRFC.NOAA.GOV/WS/ 

NWS COLORADO BASIN RIVER FORECAST CENTER........  WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV/

NEVADA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/

NWS CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER LONG RANGE OUTLOOK MAPS...
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/FORECASTS/

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/INDEX.HTML

CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF WATER RESOURCES............ CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA WATER CONDITIONS..... WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES...........  WWW.ACWA.COM

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES.................. WATER.NV.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO................... WEATHER.GOV/RENO 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO..................  WEATHER.GOV/ELKO 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS.........  WEATHER.GOV/LASVEGAS

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY........................  TMWA.COM
SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY........................  SNWA.COM
LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT........................ LVVWD.COM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.........  WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT U.S. 
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICES AGENCY... WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV

U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FIRE DANGER CLASS...  
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG 

NATIONAL SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK... 
HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A SYNTHESIS OF MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND 
IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF SCIENTISTS IN MANY 
FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS PRIVATE FIRMS.  THE 
DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED NATIONWIDE BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF 
AGRICULTURE TO DETERMINE DROUGHT SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT AND 
IS THE MECHANISM USED TO PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.

INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND U.S. 
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OBSERVATION SITES...US BLM...CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA 
DIVISIONS OF WATER RESOURCES AND STATE CLIMATOLOGISTS...NEVADA 
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION 
DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER PAIUTE 
TRIBE...FEDERAL WATER MASTERS...TRUCKEE/CARSON IRRIGATION 
DISTRICT...AND NWS OFFICES IN RENO...ELKO AND LAS VEGAS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
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