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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
815 PM PST SUN APR 19 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 APRIL 8 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 ALL COUNTIES EXCEPT WHITE 
PINE AND LINCOLN WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS 
DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. FARMERS 
AND RANCHERS IN LINCOLN AND WHITE PINE COUNTIES ALSO QUALIFY FOR 
NATURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE AS THESE COUNTIES WERE DESIGNATED 
CONTIGUOUS NATURAL DISASTER AREAS. FROM USDA.

IN CALIFORNIA...GOV JERRY BROWN APPROVED A 1 BILLION DOLLAR 
EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL IN MARCH. 
FUNDING IN THE BILL WOULD ACCELERATE EMERGENCY AID TO STRUGGLING 
CALIFORNIA CITIES AND COMMUNITIES...INCLUDING EMERGENCY FOOD AID...
DRINKING WATER...WATER RECYCLING...CONSERVATION AWARENESS AND FLOOD 
PROTECTION FUNDING. THE AID FOLLOWS ACTIONS BY THE STATE WATER 
RESOURCES CONTROL TO PASS THE MOST STRINGENT STATEWIDE MEASURES IN 
THE STATE'S HISTORY...LIMITING OUTDOOR IRRIGATION AND REQUIRING BARS 
AND RESTAURANTS TO SERVE WATER ONLY WHEN SPECIFICALLY ASKED BY 
PATRONS. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV, REVIEW-JOURNAL, MAR 27, 2015.

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 APRIL 14 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 
MOST OF 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...THE SOUTHERN HALF OF 
WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA AND A SMALL PART OF ESMERALDA COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED MUCH OF 
LINCOLN AND CLARK COUNTIES AND A SMALL PART OF NORTHEAST NYE COUNTY 
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 ALL OF MODOC AND LASSEN COUNTIES...FAR 
EASTERN PLUMAS...SIERRA...NEVADA...PLACER AND EL DORADO COUNTIES...
ALL OF ALPINE AND MONO COUNTIES...AND FAR NORTHERN AND WESTERN 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 PARTS OF NORTHWEST HUMBOLDT 
COUNTY IN NEVADA AND SOUTHERN INYO AND NORTHWEST SAN BERNARDINO 
COUNTIES IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE RECEIVED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION. THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL SINCE 
OCTOBER 2014.

HIGH SNOW LEVELS DURING THE FEW STORMS THAT OCCURRED THIS PAST 
WINTER COMBINED WITH AN EARLY SEASON MELT DUE TO VERY WARM 
TEMPERATURES IN JANUARY THROUGH MARCH TO LEAVE THE SIERRA AND MUCH 
OF NORTHERN NEVADA WITH A RECORD TO NEAR RECORD LOW SNOWPACK FOR 
APRIL 1ST. THIS RECORD LOW SNOWPACK WILL MEAN VERY LOW RUNOFF DURING 
THE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER. 
  
/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.

THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH ITS LIVESTOCK 
FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO OFFSET GRAZING LOSSES IN 
2015...SIMILAR TO BENEFITS THAT WERE AVAILABLE FROM 2011 TO 2014. 
FROM FORT WORTH, TX, STAR-TELEGRAM, MAR 26, 2015.

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.

IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION 
DISTRICT IN EARLY APRIL...IT WAS LEARNED THAT THE DISTRICT IS NOT 
CURRENTLY PLANNING ANY DELIVERIES BELOW RYE PATCH RESERVOIR FOR THE 
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON. 

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 SUPPLEMENTAL GROUND 
WATER PUMPING 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.

IN EARLY APRIL A TEMPORARY INJUNCTION WAS ISSUED TO THE CURTAILMENT 
ORDER. FROM RENO, NV. GAZETTE-JOURNAL, APRIL 3, 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.

IN EARLY APRIL THE TCID BROAD OF DIRECTORS SET THE ALLOCATION FOR 
THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON AT 20 PERCENT. THE BOARD WILL REVISIT 
THESE ALLOCATIONS ONCE THE IRRIGATION SEASON COMMENCES TO SEE IF 
FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE NEEDED. FROM TCID E-MAIL COMMUNICATION.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
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.

AS OF APRIL 16, 2015 DISCHARGES FROM PROSSER AND BOCA RESERVOIRS 
WERE CUT ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER. THIS RESULTED IN FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE 
BELOW THE RESERVOIRS DROPPING BY ROUGHLY 50 PERCENT...BELOW THE 
FLORISTON RATES FOR THE SYSTEM.  

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.

IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE HONEY LAKE WATERMASTER IN EARLY APRIL IT 
WAS LEARNED THAT STORAGE WAS ROUGHLY 26 PERCENT IN THE UPPER SUSAN 
RIVER AND THERE WAS JUST A SMALL AMOUNT OF FLOW IN THE LOWER RIVER. 
MOUNTAIN WATER STORES...WHICH ARE NORMALLY BROUGHT INTO USE IN JUNE 
MAY HAVE TO BE USED IN MAY IN 2015. AFTER THAT SUPPLY IS USED 
FARMERS AND RANCHERS WILL NEED TO USE STOCK WATER.

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 APRIL 18 2015...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS VERY HIGH TO EXTREME 
OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST NEVADA...WHILE THE REST OF NEVADA 
AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA HAD A RATED DANGER RATED AS MODERATE TO HIGH.
FIRE DANGER CLASSIFICATION IS UPDATED DAILY.

SEE HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG FOR CURRENT 
CONDITIONS.

AS OF APRIL 1 2015...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE REGION 
WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR APRIL AND MAY OVER ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN 
CALIFORNIA. THE FORECAST WAS FOR FIRE DANGER TO INCREASE TO ABOVE 
NORMAL IN THE SIERRA...NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND FAR WESTERN NEVADA 
DURING JUNE AND JULY...AND TO REMAIN NEAR NORMAL OVER THE REMAINDER 
OF NEVADA.

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 AS 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.

FISH KILLS OCCURRED AT TOPAZ LAKE IN SOUTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY AND AT 
SQUAW CREEK RESERVOIR NORTH OF GERLACH IN 2014.  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 DURING 2014 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.

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.

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.

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 IN 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.

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

TOURISM OFFICIALS SAID BOOKINGS AT TAHOE AREA HOTELS WERE STRONG AT 
THE START OF THE WINTER SEASON...BUT TAILED OFF CONSIDERABLY IN 
FEBRUARY AS DRY WEATHER PERSISTED. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE, MARCH 
18, 2015.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF APRIL 19 2015...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON APRIL 19...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 
30 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 15 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW 
OF 204 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON APRIL 19...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 0.8 CFS...OR 
ABOUT 0.1 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 410 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON APRIL 19...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA 
WERE ABOUT 10 CFS OR 3 PERCENT OF THE 395 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR 
THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...  
APRIL 19 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 APRIL 30 AVG 
PROSSER RSVR.... 5758 AF...20 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 40 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 43651 AF...19 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 28 PCT OF APRIL 30 AVG 
BOCA RSVR....... 7913 AF...19 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 29 PCT OF APRIL 30 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

APRIL 19 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...... 45 CFS...   11 PCT OF  392 CFS AVERAGE 
FARAD........277 CFS...   21 PCT OF 1300 CFS AVERAGE 
RENO.........125 CFS...   10 PCT OF 1220 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........115 CFS...    9 PCT OF 1320 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH.... 85 CFS...    9 PCT OF  964 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........ 95 CFS...   12 PCT OF  802 CFS AVERAGE 

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
APRIL 19 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........  0.5 CFS...  2 PCT OF  22 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  6.0 CFS... 43 PCT OF  14 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
APRIL 19 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE 
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........129 CFS.. 23 PCT OF 563 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........129 CFS.. 20 PCT OF 651 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 35 CFS.. 16 PCT OF 219 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY............. 21 CFS..  3 PCT OF 603 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............  4 CFS..0.7 PCT OF 554 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
APRIL 19 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 61877...21 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 30 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON APRIL 19 WAS 1.8 CFS...0.2 PCT OF THE 694 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF APRIL 19...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 6110 ACRE 
FEET...14 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 25 PCT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 9110 AF...15 PCT OF CAPACITY...21 PCT OF THE
APRIL 30 AVERAGE. 

APRIL 19 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... 

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  20 CFS.. 11 PCT OF 185 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 124 CFS.. 38 PCT OF 327 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  83 CFS.. 28 PCT OF 300 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  54 CFS.. 17 PCT OF 323 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  30 CFS.. 21 PCT OF 167 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ WAS UNAVAILABLE

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY APRIL...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9712 ACRE 
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 9 PCT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE. 
  
APRIL 19 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH........... 14 CFS......    8 PCT OF THE  186 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN.......102 CFS......   14 PCT OF THE  722 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.....122 CFS......   14 PCT OF THE  864 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..105 CFS......   14 PCT OF THE  772 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS....... 106 CFS......   14 PCT OF THE  752 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   2 CFS......  0.3 PCT OF THE  554 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..   2 CFS......  0.4 PCT OF THE  475 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON APRIL 19...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 
ABOUT 30 CFS OR 60 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 50 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON APRIL 19...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 14470 AF...20 
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 29 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
APRIL 18 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10127 THOUSAND AF...39 PERCENT OF 
CAPACITY...AND 50 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

ON APRIL 19 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA 
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 10500 CFS...63 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 
16800 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE APRIL 19 FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE 
LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS 65 CFS...30 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 218 CFS 
FOR THIS DATE. THE APRIL 19 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE 
NEVADA WAS 29 CFS...67 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 43 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 MAY THROUGH JULY IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL 
TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS 
CENTRAL...EASTERN AND SOUTHERN NEVADA. EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND FAR 
WESTERN NEVADA IS FORECAST TO HAVE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR AND 
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

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

&&

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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