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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
615 AM PST TUE MAR 24 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 MARCH 17 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 WHILE 
EXTREME EASTERN AND SOUTHEAST NEVADA AND FAR SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA 
WAS IN MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT.

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 FAR 
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...ALL OF 
ALPINE AND MONO COUNTIES...AND FAR NORTHERN INYO 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.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER 2014 FAR NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND FAR 
NORTHWEST NEVADA HAVE RECEIVED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. 
PARTS OF SOUTHERN INYO AND NORTHERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES HAVE 
ALSO RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS...AS 
WELL AS THE REGION OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA ALONG THE COLORADO 
RIVER. ALL OTHER AREAS OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND MUCH OF NEVADA HAVE 
RECEIVED BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION SINCE OCTOBER 
2014.
  
/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/ 

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.

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 
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON WERE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 15 2015. 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 3 PERCENT ON THE EAST WALKER 
RIVER AND 4 PERCENT ON THE WEST WALKER RIVER. THE WALKER RIVER 
IRRIGATION DISTRICT ONCE AGAIN ENCOURAGED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS TO 
TAKE THEIR WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE RATHER THAN WAIT LATER IN THE 
SEASON. THERE WAS CONCERN THAT THE STORAGE ALLOCATIONS COULD 
EVAPORATE IN THE RESERVOIRS BEFORE BEING SERVED. THE ALLOCATION 
FIGURES DEAL ONLY WITH STORAGE WATER RIGHTS. SURFACE RIGHTS ARE 
COVERED UNDER THE C-125 FEDERAL COURT DECREE AND ARE BASED ON THE 
PRIORITY OF THE WATER RIGHTS. RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARCH 16, 
2015.

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...
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 MARCH 22 2015...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE OVER MUCH 
OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA. THERE WERE POCKETS OF HIGH FIRE 
DANGER IN FAR NORTHWEST NEVADA...SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA  AND FAR 
SOUTHEAST NEVADA.

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

AS OF MARCH 1 2015...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE REGION 
WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR MARCH AND APRIL OVER ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN 
CALIFORNIA. THE FORECAST WAS FOR FIRE DANGER TO INCREASE TO ABOVE 
NORMAL IN THE SOUTHERN SIERRA DURING MAY AND JUNE.

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.  

ONGOING WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE WINTER PROMPTED THE 
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION...CALFIRE...TO 
ITS HIGHEST LEVEL EVER OF SEASONAL FIREFIGHTERS THROUGH THE WINTER. 
CALFIRE IS EXPECTING TO GO TO PEAK SUMMER STAFFING A SOON AS EARLY 
JUNE 2015...FOUR TO SIX WEEKS EARLIER THAN NORMAL. FROM SACRAMENTO, 
CA, BEE, MAR 17, 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...
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...HAS ONCE AGAIN ASKED ITS CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARILY 
REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT FROM 2014'S LEVELS. DECREASED 
WATER SUPPLY IS EXPECTED TO LEAD TMWA TO BEGIN USING ITS BACKUP 
DROUGHT SUPPLIES AND INCREASED GROUND WATER PUMPING TO SATISFY WATER 
NEEDS FOR THE COMING SUMMER. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAR 19, 
2015.

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 SPRING WATERING RESTRICTIONS 
MARCH 1ST. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS RESTRICTED TO THREE DAYS PER WEEK. 
THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH APRIL 30. 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...
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.

NUMEROUS OTHER SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED BY THE MIDDLE OF MARCH 
DUE TO LACK SNOW. THESE INCLUDED: SIERRA-AT-TAHOE...SUGAR BOWL...
DONNER SKI RANCH...SODA SPRINGS AND JUNE MOUNTAIN. TAKEN FROM MULTIPLE 
NEWS REPORTS AND WEB SITES. 

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF MARCH 23 2015...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 
50 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 32 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW 
OF 156 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 3 CFS...OR 
ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 446 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA 
WERE ABOUT 35 CFS OR 7 PERCENT OF THE 532 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 MARCH 31 AVG 
PROSSER RSVR.... 5750 AF...20 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 56 PCT OF MARCH 31 AVG 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 48800 AF...22 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 32 PCT OF MARCH 31 AVG 
BOCA RSVR.......14600 AF...36 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 62 PCT OF MARCH 31 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

MARCH 23 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...... 80 CFS...   30 PCT OF  264 CFS AVERAGE 
FARAD........344 CFS...   43 PCT OF  792 CFS AVERAGE 
RENO.........265 CFS...   30 PCT OF  881 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........300 CFS...   31 PCT OF  965 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH.... 98 CFS...   11 PCT OF  910 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........114 CFS...   17 PCT OF  690 CFS AVERAGE 

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
MARCH 23 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........  1.7 CFS...  7 PCT OF  24 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  2.5 CFS... 23 PCT OF  11 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MARCH 23 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.. 58 PCT OF 309 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........190 CFS.. 58 PCT OF 325 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 52 CFS.. 60 PCT OF  87 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............196 CFS.. 48 PCT OF 408 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............122 CFS.. 30 PCT OF 403 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
MARCH 23 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 55230...19 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 28 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON MARCH 23 WAS 1.9 CFS...1 PCT OF THE 257 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF MARCH 23...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 6570 ACRE 
FEET...15 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 24 PCT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 9630 AF...16 PCT OF CAPACITY...24 PCT OF THE
MARCH 31 AVERAGE. 

MARCH 23 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... 

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  22 CFS.. 22 PCT OF 101 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 136 CFS..102 PCT OF 133 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  72 CFS.. 79 PCT OF  91 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  71 CFS.. 35 PCT OF 204 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  40 CFS.. 27 PCT OF 149 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ WAS UNAVAILABLE

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MARCH...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9712 ACRE 
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 11 PCT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE. 
  
MARCH 23 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH........... 28 CFS......   33 PCT OF THE   84 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 60 CFS......   11 PCT OF THE  529 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.....115 CFS......   18 PCT OF THE  625 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .. 85 CFS......   15 PCT OF THE  581 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......  68 CFS......   12 PCT OF THE  566 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   6 CFS......    1 PCT OF THE  414 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM.. 0.6 CFS......  0.3 PCT OF THE  182 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 
ABOUT 25 CFS OR 125 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 20 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON MARCH 23...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 14020 AF...20 
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 36 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
MARCH 23 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10509 THOUSAND AF...40 PERCENT OF 
CAPACITY...AND 51 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

ON MARCH 23 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON 
ARIZONA ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 10000 CFS...89 PCT OF THE 
AVERAGE OF 11200 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE MARCH 23 FLOW ON THE VIRGIN  
RIVER ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS 190 CFS...109 PCT OF THE 
AVERAGE OF 174 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE MARCH 23 FLOW ON THE MUDDY 
RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS 32 CFS...73 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 44 
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 APRIL THROUGH JUNE IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL 
TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE 
EXTREME EASTERN AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF NEVADA AND FAR SOUTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA NEAR THE COLORADO RIVER. 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 APRIL.

&&

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
2350 RAGGIO PKWY
RENO NV 89512
PHONE...775-673-8100
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