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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
1015 AM PST THU DEC 18 2014

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

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

...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EASTERN NEVADA AND 
NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...

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

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

A SECOND EMERGENCY DROUGHT PROCLAMATION WAS MADE IN APRIL THAT WOULD 
EASE SOME ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND MAKE IT EASIER TO TRANSFER 
WATER TO FARMERS. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ALSO SHORTENS THE APPLICATION 
PROCESS FOR FARMERS SEEKING IRRIGATION WATER AND HASTENS THE PROCESS 
FOR CITIES WANTING TO UPGRADE OR EXPAND WATER SYSTEMS. ADDITIONALLY, 
HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS MAY NOT FINE RESIDENTS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO 
WATER THEIR LAWNS. THE ORDER ALSO MAKES 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 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 DECEMBER 18 2014...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST 
OF WESTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS 
IN SEVERE DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER. A 
LARGE PART OF FAR EASTERN NEVADA HAS SEEN IMPROVEMENT IN ITS DROUGHT 
STATUS AS A RESULT OF MONSOON RAINS THAT FELL FROM LATE JULY THROUGH 
THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER...AND PRECIPITATION THAT FELL IN OCTOBER.   

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

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

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

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

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL 
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM MODOC COUNTY SOUTH TO 
WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT 
/DROUGHT LEVEL 4/ INCLUDED A SMALL PART OF SOUTHEAST LASSEN 
COUNTY...FAR EASTERN PLUMAS...SIERRA...PLACER AND EL DORADO COUNTIES 
AND MOST OF ALPINE COUNTY. MONO COUNTY...MUCH OF INYO COUNTY AND 
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 WESTERN NEVADA SINCE NOVEMBER 2011. MOST OF 
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN NEVADA HAVE SEEN NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS TIME. 

SINCE DECEMBER 2013...PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL OF 
THE AREA EXCEPT PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST AND EASTERN NEVADA...A SMALL 
PART OF WEST CENTRAL NEVADA....AREAS ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER IN SAN 
BERNARDINO COUNTY AND A SMALL PORTION OF EXTREME NORTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA. 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 PAST 12 MONTHS. 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. THIS ALSO BROUGHT SMALL PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL AND 
WESTERN NEVADA...EASTERN MODOC COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA AND FAR NORTHERN 
WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA TO JUST ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE PAST 24 
MONTHS. ADDITIONALLY...PERIODS OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION IN OCTOBER AND 
EARLY DECEMBER PUSHED PORTIONS OF MODOC AND FAR NORTHEAST LASSEN 
COUNTIES AND CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA TO 
ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS.
  
/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/ 

THE DRIEST AREAS...THOSE THAT HAVE HAD LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION SINCE DECEMBER 2013...INCLUDE PARTS OF 
MONO...INYO AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA. IN 
NEVADA...EXTREME SOUTHERN WASHOE AND STOREY COUNTIES ALONG WITH 
SMALL PARTS OF SOUTHEAST ESMERALDA AND SOUTHERN NYE COUNTIES...
ALONG WITH MOST OF CLARK AND FAR SOUTHERN AND NORTHEAST LINCOLN 
COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF THEIR AVERAGE 
PRECIPITATION SINCE DECEMBER 2013.

THE AREAS OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME 
INCLUDE NORTHEAST AND NORTHERN WHITE PINE COUNTY ALONG WITH 
SOUTHEAST ELKO COUNTY IN EASTERN NEVADA...MUCH OF MINERAL 
COUNTY...SOUTHERN LYON...SOUTHEAST DOUGLAS AND NORTHERN WASHOE 
COUNTY IN WESTERN NEVADA. IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA...SOUTHEAST ALPINE 
COUNTY AND NORTHERN MONO COUNTY HAD REACHED ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE 
PAST 12 MONTHS ALONG WITH THAT PART OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ALONG 
THE COLORADO RIVER. EASTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY 
ALONG WITH EXTREME EASTERN MODOC COUNTY HAD ALSO REACHED ABOVE 
AVERAGE FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION CAN 
LARGELY BE ATTRIBUTED TO A VERY ACTIVE NORTH AMERICAN MONSOON SEASON 
BRINGING HEAVY CONVECTIVE RAINS TO MANY AREAS ALONG WITH 
PRECIPITATION IN OCTOBER AND EARLY DECEMBER. THE EFFECTS ON LONG 
TERM DROUGHT IN THE WESTERN PART OF NEVADA AND THE EASTERN SIERRA 
FROM CONVECTION IS QUESTIONABLE DUE TO VERY DRY SOILS INTERCEPTING 
MUCH OF THE RAINFALL RUN OFF BEFORE IT CAN REACH STREAMS AND HELP TO 
REPLENISH AREA RESERVOIRS.
 
4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...
THE WINTER OF 2013/14 WAS THE THIRD STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA AND THE UPCOMING 
FALL/WINTER IS STARTING BELOW NORMAL. 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 WHO HAVE GRAZING RIGHTS ON THE ARGENTA ALLOTMENT TO REST 
SENSITIVE AREAS DURING THE COMING SUMMER TO ALLOW THE RANGE TO 
RECOVER FROM THREE YEARS OF EXTREME DROUGHT. THE ALLOTMENT COVERS 
365,000 ACRES SOUTH OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN. THE RANGE HAD SUFFERED 
DAMAGE AND NEEDED TIME TO RECOVER TO REMAIN A PRODUCTIVE RANGELAND 
FOR LIVESTOCK. THE AFFECTED RANCHERS ARE SEARCHING FOR PASTURE FOR 
THEIR LIVESTOCK AND FEEL THE BLM HAS NOT DEALT FAIRLY WITH THEM. THE 
RANCHER HOLDING THE MOST GRAZING RIGHTS BEGAN SELLING CATTLE TO 
ACCOMMODATE THE REDUCTION IN ANIMAL UNIT MONTHS. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY 
FREE PRESS, MAY 6, 2014.

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

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

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

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

AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, THE IRS EXTENDED THE TIME PERIOD FARMERS 
AND RANCHERS WILL HAVE TO REPLACE THEIR LIVESTOCK SOLD DURING THE 
DROUGHT AND DEFER TAX ON ANY CAPITAL GAINS FROM THOSE SALES BY ONE 
ADDITIONAL YEAR. NORMALLY, LIVESTOCK MUST BE REPLACED WITHIN A FOUR 
YEAR PERIOD...BUT THIS EXTENSION MAKES THAT PERIOD FIVE YEARS AND 
GOES THROUGH THE END OF 2015. THE EXTENSION APPLIES TO CAPITAL GAINS 
ON SALES OF LIVESTOCK HELD FOR DRAFT...DAIRY AND BREEDING PURPOSES 
ONLY. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE, SEPT 30, 2014.  

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...
IRRIGATORS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BELOW RYE PATCH DAM IN PERSHING 
COUNTY RECEIVED ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL ALLOTMENT DURING THE 
2013 IRRIGATION SEASON. AS OF EARLY SEPTEMBER 2014 NO DELIVERIES HAD 
BEEN 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. SOME FARMERS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT SUCH LOW ALLOCATIONS MAY 
NOT JUSTIFY DIVERTING THE WATER AS THEIR ALLOCATIONS MAY EVAPORATE 
BEFORE REACHING THEM. RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARCH 15, 2014. 

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

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

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

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

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
AS OF JULY 30, 2014 RELEASES FROM BOCA RESERVOIR WERE CUT 
DRASTICALLY. THIS REDUCED FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER BY ABOUT HALF. 
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. THE LOWERED 
FLOWS RESULTED IN LITTLE IF ANY WATER REACHING AREA IRRIGATION 
DITCHES AND REDUCED FLOWS NEAR DERBY DAM...NOT ALLOWING TCID TO 
WITHDRAW WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE FOR USE IN THE LOWER CARSON. 

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

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

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

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

C/ FIRE DANGER...  
BY MID SEPTEMBER...SLIGHTLY COOLER WEATHER AND RAIN FROM AN AREA OF 
LOW PRESSURE HAD REDUCED FIRE DANGER OVER MUCH OF THE AREA. PERIODS 
OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION IN OCTOBER AND EARLY DECEMBER CONTINUED THE 
TREND OF REDUCING FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE AREA. AS OF DECEMBER 15, 
2014 FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE OVER ALMOST ALL OF 
EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA. A SMALL AREA OF HIGH FIRE DANGER 
PERSISTED IN SOUTHERN NYE COUNTY IN NEVADA. 

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

AS OF DECEMBER 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE 
REGION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 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.  

AS OF THE END OF SEPTEMBER...THE EXPENSE OF FIGHTING WILDFIRES IN 
CALIFORNIA HAD USED THE 209 MILLION DOLLARS SET ASIDE FOR THE 
TASK...PROMPTING GOV. JERRY BROWN TO ACCESS ANOTHER 70 MILLION 
DOLLARS FROM A RESERVE ACCOUNT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY REIMBURSE 
THE STATE FOR SOME FIREFIGHTING COSTS AS WELL. FROM LOS ANGELES, CA, 
TIMES, SEPT 29, 2014.

BY THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER BOTH CAL FIRE AND THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE 
WERE MAINTAINING STATIONS AT FULL STAFFING IN PARTS OF SAN 
BERNARDINO COUNTY AS THE MOISTURE IN AREA VEGETATION REMAINED AT 
CRITICALLY LOW LEVELS. A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE U.S FOREST SERVICE 
STATED IT WAS UNLIKELY THERE WOULD BE ENOUGH STORMS TO DECLARE THE 
FIRE SEASON OVER BEFORE WELL INTO DECEMBER. ADDITIONALLY...CAL FIRE 
EXPECTED TO SPEND 209 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAT BUDGETED FOR THEIR 
FISCAL YEAR THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA. FROM RIVERSIDE, CA, PRESS 
ENTERPRISE, NOV 17, 2024.

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.

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

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

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

THE BLM CONTINUES TO CLOSELY MONITOR WILD HORSE HERDS WANDERING 
NEVADA. AS THE SUMMER PROGRESSED THERE WAS CONCERN FORAGE WOULD 
BECOME LESS AVAILABLE....LEADING TO DETERIORATING BODY CONDITION FOR 
SOME OF THE HORSES. 

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

IN EARLY OCTOBER NINE BLACK BEARS WERE CAPTURED NEAR RENO AND LAKE 
TAHOE OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD. A TENTH WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR IN 
SOUTH RENO. SINCE JULY 1...NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE OFFICIALS 
HAD CAUGHT 42 BLACK BEARS AND RELEASED ALL BUT TWO BACK TO THE WILD 
THROUGH EARLY OCTOBER. CARS HAD KILLED AN ADDITIONAL TEN BEARS. 
INCREASED ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED AS THE BEARS ARE GOING THROUGH 
HYPERPHAGIA...A PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGE IN WHICH THEY EAT AS MUCH AS 
THEY CAN TO STORE FAT FOR WINTER HIBERNATION. FROM SAN JOSE, CA, 
MERCURY NEWS, OCT 2, 2014.

IN AN UPDATE CBS NEWS REPORTS THAT THROUGH OCTOBER 22 NEVADA 
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS HAD TAGGED 105 BLACK BEARS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 
2014...WITH MANY BEING CAPTURED IN UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY. FROM CBS 
NEWS, OCT 22, 2014.

AS OF EARLY NOVEMBER 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 FORM 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 SEVERAL DROUGHT 
DEPLETED LAKES. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, SEP 8, 2014.

THE DRY CONDITIONS ARE ALSO HAVING AN EFFECT ON THE NUMBER OF DUCKS 
STOPPING OVER DURING THEIR MIGRATION THIS FALL. THE LACK OF WATER IN 
AREAS THE DUCKS WOULD NORMALLY STOP IS RESULTING 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 ARE PLANNING ON PUMPING MORE GROUND WATER 
THIS SEASON. THIS WOULD POSSIBLY AFFECT THE GROUND WATER LEVELS BY 
THE END OF 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...ANTICIPATED SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES FOR THE SUMMER 2014 
SEASON...INCLUDING THEIR DROUGHT RESERVES. TMWA ASKED RESIDENTS TO 
REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT IN EARLY AUGUST...BUT NO 
MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES WERE ENACTED. 

IN NOVEMBER 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 SHOULD CONTINUE 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 FOR 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 ALSO HAS 
CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. THIS RAMP NORMALLY REMAINS OPEN ALL YEAR. 
FROM KTVN NEWS 2 RENO, NV, JUL 27, 2014. 

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

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF DECEMBER 16 2014...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON DECEMBER 16...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 
95 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 238 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW 
OF 40 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON DECEMBER 16...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 85 
CFS...OR ABOUT 46 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 184 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON DECEMBER 16...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR 
PORTOLA WERE ABOUT 77 CFS OR 104 PERCENT OF THE 74 CFS AVERAGE FLOW 
FOR THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...  
DECEMBER 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 DECEMBER 31 AVG 
PROSSER RSVR.... 8624 AF...30 PCT OF CAPACITY..87 PCT OF DECEMBER 31 AVG 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 56380 AF...25 PCT OF CAPACITY..39 PCT OF DECEMBER 31 AVG
BOCA RSVR....... 7975 AF...20 PCT OF CAPACITY..49 PCT OF DECEMBER 31 AVG

DECEMBER 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...... 36 CFS...   15 PCT OF  233 CFS AVERAGE 
FARAD........360 CFS...   73 PCT OF  491 CFS AVERAGE 
RENO.........300 CFS...   61 PCT OF  495 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........346 CFS...   56 PCT OF  621 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH....120 CFS...   24 PCT OF  498 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........122 CFS...   32 PCT OF  379 CFS AVERAGE 

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

AT STEAMBOAT..........  1.0 CFS... 11 PCT OF 8.9 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  3.1 CFS... 24 PCT OF  13 CFS AVERAGE

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

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........ 48 CFS.. 48 PCT OF  99 CFS AVG 
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........ 54 CFS.. 42 PCT OF 130 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 16 CFS.. 46 PCT OF  35 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY............. 70 CFS.. 53 PCT OF 200 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............ 55 CFS.. 24 PCT OF 227 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
DECEMBER 16 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 9222 AF...3 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 7 PERCENT OF THE DECEMBER 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON DECEMBER 16 WAS 1.1 CFS...3 PCT OF THE 42 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF DECEMBER 16...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 3050 ACRE 
FEET...7 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 17 PCT OF THE DECEMBER 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 3500 AF...6 PCT OF CAPACITY...16 PCT OF THE
DECEMBER 31 AVERAGE. 

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

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  22 CFS.. 50 PCT OF  44 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  30 CFS.. 54 PCT OF  56 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  28 CFS.. 44 PCT OF  41 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  39 CFS.. 22 PCT OF 175 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  15 CFS.. 15 PCT OF 102 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF  60 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY DECEMBER...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 8630 ACRE 
FEET...4 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 11 PCT OF THE NOVEMBER 30 AVERAGE. 
  
DECEMBER 16 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE 
AS FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........  4 CFS......   28 PCT OF THE   14 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 28 CFS......   30 PCT OF THE   94 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE..... 76 CFS......   71 PCT OF THE  107 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .. 44 CFS......   43 PCT OF THE  103 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......0.07 CFS......  0.1 PCT OF THE   94 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   0 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE   82 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..0.03 CFS......  0.1 PCT OF THE   39 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON DECEMBER 16...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 
5.8 CFS...OR 92 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 6.3 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON DECEMBER 16...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 10570 AF...
15 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 33 PERCENT OF THE DECEMBER 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
DECEMBER 16 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10498 THOUSAND AF...40 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...AND 52 PERCENT OF THE DECEMBER 31 AVERAGE.

ON DECEMBER 16 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON 
ARIZONA ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 14000 CFS...136 PCT OF THE 
AVERAGE OF 10300 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER 
ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS 
CONCERNS. THE DECEMBER 16 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE 
NEVADA WAS 18 CFS...42 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 JANUARY THROUGH MARCH IS FOR ABOVE 
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE 
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE 
SOUTHERN HALF OF NEVADA...GENERALLY SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50...THE 
SOUTHERN SIERRA OF CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. THIS IS IN 
ANTICIPATION OF A WEAK EL NINO PATTERN. 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 JANUARY.

&&

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...

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