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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
415 AM PST TUE FEB 17 2015

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

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

1/ NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...AS 
OF FEBRUARY 4 2015...ALL COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA ALONG THE NEVADA 
BORDER WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY 
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. IN NEVADA THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES 
WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DAMAGES AND 
LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS: CARSON CITY...CHURCHILL...
CLARK...DOUGLAS...ESMERALDA...HUMBOLDT...LANDER...LYON...MINERAL...
NYE...PERSHING AND WASHOE. FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN ELKO...
EUREKA...LINCOLN...STOREY AND WHITE PINE COUNTIES ALSO QUALIFY FOR 
NATURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE AS THESE COUNTIES WERE DESIGNATED 
CONTIGUOUS NATURAL DISASTER AREAS. FROM USDA. 

A SECOND EMERGENCY DROUGHT PROCLAMATION WAS MADE BY GOV. JERRY BROWN 
OF CALIFORNIA IN APRIL 2014 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 CAL FIRE 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.

IN LATE NOVEMBER 2014 THE U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ANNOUNCED THE 
AWARDING OF 9.2 BILLION DOLLARS TO 131 RESEARCH GROUPS ACROSS THE 
WESTERN U.S. THIS FUNDING IS FOR DEVELOPING IDEAS TO ENSURE A 
RELIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY. PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT 
INCLUDE FEDERAL AND NON-FEDERAL AGENCIES...RESEARCH CENTERS AND 
LABORATORIES...AND UNIVERSITIES AND PRIVATE COMPANIES. FROM HOUSTON, 
TX, CHRONICLE, NOV 20, 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 FEBRUARY 10 2015...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 SAW IMPROVEMENT IN ITS DROUGHT 
STATUS AS A RESULT OF MONSOON RAINS THAT FELL FROM LATE JULY THROUGH 
THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER...AND PRECIPITATION THAT FELL IN OCTOBER AND 
DECEMBER.   

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

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

THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF DROUGHT...WHERE IT WAS CLASSIFIED AS 
EXCEPTIONAL...ARE MUCH OF PERSHING AND MINERAL COUNTIES...A SMALL 
PART OF WESTERN LANDER COUNTY...ALL OF STOREY COUNTY AND CARSON 
CITY...ALONG WITH DOUGLAS AND LYON COUNTIES...AND THE SOUTHERN HALF 
OF WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED CENTRAL AND 
EASTERN ELKO COUNTY...WHITE PINE COUNTY...FAR NORTHEAST NYE COUNTY 
AND MUCH OF LINCOLN AND CLARK COUNTIES WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS IN 
MODERATE DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 1/. 

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL 
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM MODOC COUNTY SOUTH TO 
WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT 
/DROUGHT LEVEL 4/ INCLUDED MUCH OF LASSEN COUNTY...FAR EASTERN  
PLUMAS...SIERRA...NEVADA...PLACER AND EL DORADO COUNTIES...AND ALL 
OF ALPINE COUNTY. THE NORTHERN 2/3RDS OF MONO COUNTY AND THE SIERRA 
CREST PORTION OF INYO COUNTY WERE ALSO CLASSIFIED AS HAVING 
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. THE REMAINDER OF MONO COUNTY...MOST OF INYO 
COUNTY AND FAR WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS 
HAVING EXTREME DROUGHT. SOUTHEAST INYO COUNTY AND MUCH OF THE 
REMAINDER OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS HAVING SEVERE 
DROUGHT...EXCEPT FOR THOSE AREAS OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BORDERING 
THE COLORADO RIVER WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS HAVING ABNORMALLY DRY 
CONDITIONS TO MODERATE DROUGHT.  

3/ SYNOPSIS...
BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MOST OF 
EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA SINCE OCTOBER 2011. SMALL PARTS OF 
EASTERN AND WESTERN NEVADA HAVE EXPERIENCED NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY 
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS TIME...AS WELL AS AREAS ALONG 
THE COLORADO RIVER IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. 

DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR 2014...PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL FOR 
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEVADA AND MUCH OF WEST CENTRAL NEVADA...AS 
WELL AS MOST OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA FROM THE TAHOE BASIN SOUTH. PARTS 
OF FAR WESTERN NEVADA...ALPINE COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA...NORTHEAST 
NEVADA...FAR NORTHWEST NEVADA...NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...AND FAR 
SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA NEAR THE COLORADO RIVER RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR. 

ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN AND EASTERN 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 YEAR. HEAVY CONVECTIVE RAIN IN MAY 2014 AND AGAIN IN JULY 
AND AUGUST 2014 BROUGHT A SMALL PART OF WESTERN NEVADA...MOSTLY 
MINERAL COUNTY...TO ABOVE AVERAGE. 

THESE CONVECTIVE RAINS ALONG WITH WET PERIODS DURING NOVEMBER AND 
DECEMBER 2014 BROUGHT MUCH OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND FAR NORTHWEST 
NEVADA TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE PAST YEAR.

A WET PACIFIC STORM BROUGHT MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ACROSS NORTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA IN EARLY FEBRUARY 2015...PUSHING THE AREA ABOVE NORMAL FOR 
THE WATER YEAR 2015...BUT SNOW LEVELS WERE QUITE HIGH IN THIS STORM. 
THIS LIMITED THE EXTENT OF ADDITIONAL SNOW COVER...AN IMPORTANT 
SOURCE OF WATER DURING THE IRRIGATION SEASON.
  
/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/ 

THE DRIEST AREAS...THOSE THAT HAD LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION SINCE FEBRUARY 2014...INCLUDE PARTS OF MONO...INYO...
SAN BERNARDINO...PLACER AND ELDORADO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA. IN 
NEVADA...EXTREME SOUTHERN WASHOE COUNTY ALONG WITH PARTS OF CARSON 
CITY...DOUGLAS COUNTY...STOREY COUNTY...LYON COUNTY...SOUTHERN 
MINERAL COUNTY...ESMERALDA COUNTY...SOUTHERN NYE COUNTY...MOST OF 
CLARK AND LINCOLN COUNTIES AND PARTS OF CENTRAL LANDER AND EUREKA 
COUNTIES RECEIVED LESS THAN 80 PERCENT OF THEIR AVERAGE 
PRECIPITATION SINCE FEBRUARY 2014.

THE AREAS OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME 
INCLUDED PARTS OF LASSEN COUNTY AND THE SURPRISE VALLEY IN 
CALIFORNIA AND ALPINE AND FAR NORTHERN MONO COUNTIES IN EASTERN 
CALIFORNIA...AND FAR EASTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA. FAR NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL 
MINERAL COUNTY...NORTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY...FAR WESTERN PERSHING 
COUNTY...MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN ELKO COUNTY AND NORTH CENTRAL 
WHITE PINE COUNTY IN NEVADA WERE ALL ABOVE NORMAL OVER THE LAST 12 
MONTHS. 

4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...
THE WINTER OF 2013/14 WAS THE THIRD STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA.  WHILE FALL 2014 AND 
EARLY FEBRUARY 2015 BROUGHT SOME RELIEF...MUCH OF THE AREA HAS SEEN 
BELOW AVERAGE PRECIPITATION SINCE OCTOBER 2011. THE FOLLOWING 
IMPACTS...WHILE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE...REPRESENT SOME OF THE MOST 
IMPACTFUL EFFECTS OF THE CONTINUING DROUGHT ON THE REGION OVER 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 2014 THE BLM OFFICE IN BATTLE MOUNTAIN REQUESTED NINE 
RANCHERS WITH GRAZING RIGHTS ON THE ARGENTA ALLOTMENT TO REST 
SENSITIVE AREAS DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014 TO ALLOW THE RANGE TO RECOVER 
FROM THREE YEARS OF EXTREME DROUGHT. THE ALLOTMENT COVERED 365,000 
ACRES SOUTH OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN. THE RANGE HAD SUFFERED DAMAGE AND 
NEEDED TIME TO RECOVER TO REMAIN A PRODUCTIVE RANGELAND FOR 
LIVESTOCK. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, MAY 6, 2014.

AS OF MAY 29, 2014 THE BLM AGREED TO ALLOW THE AFFECTED RANCHERS 
CONTINUED GRAZING RIGHTS IN THE DISPUTED AREAS AS LONG AS LINGERING 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS DID 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 ALLOWED LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO HAD 
SUFFERED LOSSES AS FAR BACK AS OCTOBER OF 2011 TO APPLY FOR 
ASSISTANCE. 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 COULD BE PAID FOR PAST DISASTERS. APPLICATIONS 
HAD TO 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 SOLUTIONS 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...
NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE FOR THE 2014 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 ENCOURAGED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS TO TAKE 
THEIR WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE RATHER THAN WAIT LATER IN THE 
SEASON. RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARCH 15, 2014. 

THERE WAS CONCERN 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 WOULD BE DETERMINED ON A DAILY BASIS DURING THE 
2014 IRRIGATION SEASON. ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE WALKER 
RIVER WATERMASTER IN EARLY JUNE INDICATED THERE WERE 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 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 AS WERE 
LEVELS IN IRRIGATION WELLS.

IN EARLY FEBRUARY THE NEVADA STATE ENGINEER ISSUED AN ORDER THAT 
REQUIRES A 50 PERCENT MANDATORY REDUCTION OF GROUND WATER THAT MAY 
BE PUMPED FOR THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON IN THE SMITH AND MASON 
VALLEYS OF THE WALKER RIVER BASIN. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ORDER ARE 
TO PROTECT EXISTING WATER RIGHTS AND WELLS...PROTECT THE PHYSICAL 
INTEGRITY OF THE AQUIFER AND TO PROTECT THE LONG TERM WATER SUPPLY. 
FROM THISISRENO.COM, FEB 4, 2015.

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.

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. 
LAKE TAHOE DROPPED BELOW ITS NATURAL RIM LATE ON OCTOBER 15, 2014 
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2009. THIS MEANT ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE OF 
WATER WAS ESCAPING LAKE TAHOE AND BY OCTOBER 17 VIRTUALLY NO FLOW 
WAS LEAVING LAKE TAHOE. THE REDUCTION IN FLOWS MEANT THAT FLORISTON 
RATES WERE NOT MET FROM LATE SUMMER INTO THE EARLY FALL.  

DUE TO THE DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATION THROUGHOUT ALL COUNTIES IN 
THE REGION...FARMERS MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN VARIOUS FORMS OF 
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...  
AS OF FEBRUARY 15...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE OVER 
NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA. THE FIRE DANGER RANGED 
FROM MODERATE TO HIGH FROM THE SOUTHERN SIERRA INTO SOUTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS SOUTHERN NEVADA.   

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

AS OF FEBRUARY 1 2015...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE 
REGION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR FEBRUARY THROUGH MAY OVER ALL OF NEVADA 
AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. 
  
SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR 
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_ 
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.

A WIND DRIVEN WILD FIRE THAT REACHED OVER 7000 ACRES DESTROYED 40 
RESIDENCES IN TWO COMMUNITIES ALONG THE INYO/MONO COUNTY BORDER IN 
EARLY FEBRUARY. THE ONGOING DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE AREA CREATED 
EXTREMELY DRY BRUSH THAT FUELED THE FLAMES AND PUSHED UP THE SLOPES 
TO THE SNOW LINE AROUND 8000 FEET. FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 
CHRONICLE, FEB 9, 2015.  

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 WERE 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 COULD LEAD TO A 
LESSENING OF DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN LAKES AND RESERVOIRS AND RESULT IN 
DIE OFFS. DIE OFFS WERE 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 BECAME UNSURVIVABLE. FROM RENO, NV, 
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JUN 24, 2014.

FISH KILLS OCCURRED AT TOPAZ LAKE IN SOUTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY AND AT 
SQUAW CREEK RESERVOIR NORTH OF GERLACH THIS YEAR. MEANWHILE...
DROUGHT AND IRRIGATION DEMANDS LOWERED THE LEVEL OF THE ONION VALLEY 
RESERVOIR IN THE PINE FOREST RANGE OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY, NV...WIPING 
OUT THE TROUT FISHERY. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV, SUN, OCT 9, 2014.

NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE HAS ALSO REPORTED DEAD FISH SHOWING UP 
AT WASHOE LAKE SINCE OCTOBER OF 2014 DUE TO THE DRY CONDITIONS. SOME 
RESIDENTS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN...BUT NDOW ADDED THEY ARE NOT 
CONCERNED ABOUT TOXINS IN THE LAKE...SAYING IT'S PART OF A NATURAL 
CYCLE DUE TO THE DROUGHT. LESS WATER MEANS FEWER FISH. FROM KOLO-TV 
NEWS 8, RENO, NV, DEC 29, 2014.

THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE ONCE AGAIN PROMPTED NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF 
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TO RESTOCK THE TRUCKEE RIVER EARLY THIS YEAR. 
AROUND 7000 RAINBOW TROUT ARE SCHEDULED TO BE PLANTED IN THE TRUCKEE 
RIVER IN THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY. ADDITIONAL STOCKING WILL TAKE PLACE 
IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER, TOPAZ LAKE, MARLETTE LAKE, SPOONER LAKE, 
HOBART LAKE AND URBAN PONDS AROUND THE RENO-CARSON CITY AREA BETWEEN 
LATE MARCH AND OCTOBER. THIS MARKS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW DROUGHT 
CONDITIONS AND ANTICIPATED LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE HAVE PROMPTED 
EARLY STOCKING OF THE RIVER. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, FEB 12, 
2015.

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... 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS RESULTED IN BEARS MOVING INTO MORE URBANIZED 
AREAS THIS YEAR IN SEARCH OF FOOD.

AS OF EARLY NOVEMBER 2014 NEVADA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS HAD RECEIVED 
WELL OVER 500 COMPLAINTS REGARDING BEARS FOR THE YEAR SO FAR...WELL 
SHORT OF THE RECORD 1500 COMPLAINTS RECEIVED IN 2007...ANOTHER 
DROUGHT YEAR...BUT WELL ABOVE NORMAL. OF APPROXIMATELY 70 CONFLICT 
BEARS HANDLED BY NDOW...MANY HAVE BEEN FOUND AWAY FROM THEIR NORMAL 
HIGH-MOUNTAIN HABITAT. INCLUDED IN THESE CALLS WERE 29 BEARS IN THE 
LAKE TAHOE COMMUNITIES OF NEVADA...14 IN RENO...9 IN CARSON CITY AND 
5 IN MINDEN-GARDNERVILLE. THERE WAS EVEN ONE REPORT OF A BEAR IN THE 
SPANISH SPRINGS AREA OF NORTHEAST SPARKS...WELL AWAY FROM THE 
MOUNTAINS. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, NOV 9, 2014.

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 TWO DROUGHT 
DEPLETED LAKES. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, SEP 8, 2014.

THE DRY CONDITIONS ALSO AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF DUCKS STOPPING OVER 
DURING THEIR MIGRATION THIS FALL. THE LACK OF WATER IN AREAS WHERE 
THE DUCKS WOULD NORMALLY STOP RESULTED IN A LESSENING OF THE NUMBER 
OF DUCKS AND A DECREASE IN HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES. FROM RENO, NV, 
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, OCT 29, 2014. 

F/ GROUND WATER...
THE CARSON WATER SUBCONSERVANCY DISTRICT HAS REPORTED THAT MANY 
FARMS IN THE WATERSHED PUMPED MORE GROUND WATER DURING THE 2014 
IRRIGATION SEASON. 

IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE THREE WELLS WERE AFFECTED BY CONTAMINANTS AS 
LESS GROUNDWATER WAS AVAILABLE TO DILUTE THE CONTAMINANTS. TWO OF 
THE WELLS CONTAINED THE CONTAMINANT PCE. ALL THREE WELLS WERE SHUT 
DOWN...LEAVING BARELY ENOUGH WATER FOR 950 HOMES. FROM CAPITAL 
PUBLIC RADIO, SACRAMENTO, CA, NOV 12, 2014.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...
RENO/SPARKS...
THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/ SERVING THE RENO AND 
SPARKS NV AREA...ASKED RESIDENTS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 
PERCENT IN EARLY AUGUST...BUT NO MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES 
WERE ENACTED. 

IN NOVEMBER 2014 TMWA ANNOUNCED THE 10 PERCENT GOAL WAS NOT 
MET...BUT VOLUNTARY EFFORTS LED TO A REDUCTION IN USAGE OF 7.5 
PERCENT. TMWA USED 18 PERCENT OF ITS DROUGHT RESERVES...MAINLY FROM 
DONNER LAKE...AND WAS NOT FORCED TO TAP ITS LARGEST RESERVE...
INDEPENDENCE LAKE. WATER USAGE WAS EXPECTED TO DROP THROUGH THE 
FALL AND WINTER WITH THE END OF IRRIGATION SEASON...TMWA STATED. 
FROM RENO, NV. GAZETTE-JOURNAL, NOV 6, 2014. 

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 WINTER WATERING RESTRICTIONS 
NOVEMBER 1ST. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED ON ONLY ONE DAY EACH 
WEEK. THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH FEBRUARY 28. 
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. 

ON DECEMBER 10, 2014 SNWA ANNOUNCED A 3 MILE LONG TUNNEL HAD BEEN 
COMPLETED TO THE THIRD INTAKE "STRAW" ON LAKE MEAD. CONSTRUCTION HAD 
BEGUN IN 2008 TO PROVIDE A BUFFER AGAINST DROUGHT. THERE ARE ALSO 
PLANS TO BUILD A NEW 650 MILLION DOLLAR PUMPING STATION TO PROVIDE 
WATER EVEN IF THE LAKE FALLS BELOW AN ELEVATION OF 1000 FEET. FROM 
LAS VEGAS, NV, SUN, DEC. 10, 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 INCLUDED 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 WERE ALSO ENACTED. RESTRICTIONS 
INCLUDED: 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 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 TO THE WATER SURFACE AND CAUSED DAMAGED TO BOAT 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.

ON JANUARY 19, 2015 THE TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA 
ANNOUNCED IT WOULD TEMPORARILY CLOSE BECAUSE OF LIMITED SNOW AND ICY 
CONDITIONS. THE SKI AREA PLANS TO REOPEN WHEN A GREATER SNOWPACK 
ALLOWS. FROM TAHOE CITY, CA, TRIBUNE, JAN 19, 2015. 

IN LATE JANUARY 2015 HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT ANNOUNCED IT WOULD 
PLACE UPPER MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS ON HOLD. IN EARLY FEBRUARY THE 
RESORT...ON THE WEST SHORE OF LAKE TAHOE...ANNOUNCED IT WOULD 
SUSPEND ALL OPERATIONS UNTIL SNOW CONDITIONS IMPROVED. FROM TAHOE 
CITY, CA, TRIBUNE, FEB 4, 2015.

THE US FOREST SERVICE IN THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN HAS ASKED SNOWMOBILE 
USERS TO AVOID BARE DIRT AND PATCHY SNOW...AND NOT TO RIDE ACROSS 
STREAMS OR OVER SMALL TREES AND BRUSH. THIS REQUEST WAS PROMPTED BY 
THE POOR SNOW CONDITIONS IN THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN AND TO PROTECT 
RESOURCES THAT COULD BE DAMAGED BY OPERATING SNOWMOBILES ON TOO 
LITTLE SNOW. FROM CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO, SACRAMENTO, CA, FEB 5, 2015.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF FEBRUARY 16 2015...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON FEBRUARY 16...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 
170 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 125 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW 
OF 136 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON FEBRUARY 16...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 85 
CFS...OR ABOUT 22 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 389 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON FEBRUARY 16...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR 
PORTOLA WERE ABOUT 190 CFS OR 53 PERCENT OF THE 359 CFS AVERAGE FLOW 
FOR THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...  
FEBRUARY 16 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS 
AS FOLLOWS.../NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/. 

LAKE TAHOE.....     0 AF... 0 PCT OF CAPACITY..  0 PCT OF FEBRUARY 28 AVG 
PROSSER RSVR....11035 AF...39 PCT OF CAPACITY..111 PCT OF FEBRUARY 28 AVG 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 53492 AF...24 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 36 PCT OF FEBRUARY 28 AVG 
BOCA RSVR.......10579 AF...26 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 58 PCT OF FEBRUARY 28 AVG

NOTE: LAKE TAHOE IS SHOWN AS 0 PCT DUE TO ITS REMAINING BELOW ITS NATURAL 
RIM AND NOT ALLOWING ANY WATER TO FLOW OUT OF THE LAKE

FEBRUARY 16 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...  FLOW WAS UNAVAILABLE
TRUCKEE......105 CFS...   31 PCT OF  343 CFS AVERAGE 
FARAD........410 CFS...   64 PCT OF  640 CFS AVERAGE 
RENO.........390 CFS...   55 PCT OF  711 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........455 CFS...   51 PCT OF  892 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH....125 CFS...   14 PCT OF  893 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........155 CFS...   23 PCT OF  671 CFS AVERAGE 

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
FEBRUARY 16 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........  2.0 CFS...  7 PCT OF  27 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  3.6 CFS... 30 PCT OF  12 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
FEBRUARY 16 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE 
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........180 CFS.. 73 PCT OF 248 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........231 CFS.. 87 PCT OF 267 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 75 CFS..129 PCT OF  58 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............217 CFS.. 55 PCT OF 397 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............243 CFS.. 65 PCT OF 374 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
FEBRUARY 16 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 32502...11 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 19 PERCENT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON FEBRUARY 16 WAS 0.75 CFS...1 PCT OF THE 117 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF FEBRUARY 16...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 5970 ACRE 
FEET...14 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 24 PCT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 7770 AF...13 PCT OF CAPACITY...23 PCT OF THE
FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE. 

FEBRUARY 16 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... 

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  21 CFS.. 48 PCT OF  44 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 105 CFS..133 PCT OF  79 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  28 CFS.. 55 PCT OF  51 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  50 CFS.. 48 PCT OF 105 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  28 CFS.. 22 PCT OF 130 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ WAS UNAVAILABLE

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY FEBRUARY...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9431 ACRE 
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 11 PCT OF THE JANUARY 31 AVERAGE. 
  
FEBRUARY 16 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........  8 CFS......   24 PCT OF THE   34 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 28 CFS......   11 PCT OF THE  266 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.....125 CFS......   44 PCT OF THE  287 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .. 82 CFS......   26 PCT OF THE  313 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......  70 CFS......   29 PCT OF THE  244 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   0 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE  174 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..   1 CFS......    1 PCT OF THE   67 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON FEBRUARY 16...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 
ABOUT 15 CFS OR 195 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 7.7 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON FEBRUARY 16...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 13160 AF...18 
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 38 PERCENT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
FEBRUARY 16 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10776 THOUSAND AF...41 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...AND 52 PERCENT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE.

ON FEBRUARY 16 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON 
ARIZONA ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 9000 CFS...87 PCT OF THE 
AVERAGE OF 10400 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER 
ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS 
CONCERNS. THE FEBRUARY 16 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE 
NEVADA WAS 30 CFS...61 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 49 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 MARCH THROUGH MAY IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL 
TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE 
SOUTHERN 2/3RDS OF NEVADA...GENERALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80...THE
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50...AND 
SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA IS FORECAST TO HAVE 
EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED IN MID MARCH.

&&

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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