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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
230 AM PDT MON AUG 25 2014

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

...SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN MOST OF NEVADA AND 
EASTERN 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 CALFIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY 
RESPONDERS EXEMPT FROM COMPETITIVE BIDDING RULES WHEN BUYING 
EQUIPMENT TO FIGHT FIRES OR REDUCE FIRE RISK. FROM REUTERS, NY, 
APRIL 25, 2014.

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

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

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED BY THE USDA TO DETERMINE DROUGHT 
SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT DISASTER AND IS THE MECHANISM USED TO 
PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IT IS ALSO THE PRIMARY 
TOOL USED BY THE NEVADA DEPARTMENTS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND 
WATER RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND 
MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH ITS DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN. 
 
AS OF AUGUST 19 2014...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST OF 
NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS IN SEVERE DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 
LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER. THE AREA HARDEST HIT BY THE CURRENT 
DROUGHT REMAINS CENTRAL...WESTERN AND SOUTHERN NEVADA AND CENTRAL 
AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA WHERE DROUGHT SEVERITY RANGES FROM EXTREME 
/LEVEL 3/ TO EXCEPTIONAL /LEVEL 4/.  

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...MUCH OF 
CARSON CITY AND DOUGLAS COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF WASHOE 
COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED SOUTHEAST AND 
SOUTH CENTRAL ELKO COUNTY ALONG WITH EASTERN AND CENTRAL WHITE PINE 
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 SOUTH TO WESTERN SAN 
BERNARDINO. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 
4/INCLUDED MOST OF LASSEN COUNTY...ALL OF PLUMAS...SIERRA...
NEVADA...PLACER...EL DORADO COUNTIES AND MOST ALPINE COUNTY. 
SOUTHEAST INYO AND MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WAS CLASSIFIED AS 
HAVING SEVERE DROUGHT...EXCEPT FOR AREAS OF SAN BERNARDINO BORDERING 
THE COLORADO RIVER WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS HAVING MODERATE DROUGHT.  

3/ SYNOPSIS...
MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MOST OF EASTERN 
CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 2011. SOUTHERN AND 
EASTERN NEVADA HAVE SEEN NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW PRECIPITATION 
DURING THIS TIME. MUCH OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXPERIENCED RECORD TO NEAR 
RECORD DRYNESS SINCE OCTOBER 2012. SINCE AUGUST 2013...PRECIPITATION 
HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL OF THE AREA EXCEPT PORTIONS OF NORTH 
CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EASTERN NEVADA AND A VERY SMALL PART OF WEST 
CENTRAL NEVADA. ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN AND 
CENTRAL NEVADA IN MAY OF 2014 BROUGHT THOSE AREAS TO NEAR NORMAL FOR 
THE PAST 12 MONTHS...BUT THEY REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE OVER THE PAST TWO 
YEARS. A SMALL PART OF THE LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN IN HUMBOLDT 
COUNTY HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN 110 PERCENT OF ITS AVERAGE 12 MONTH 
PRECIPITATION SINCE AUGUST 2013 ALONG WITH SMALL POCKETS IN 
ELKO...WHITE PINE AND MINERAL COUNTIES IN NEVADA.
  
/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/ 

THE DRIEST AREAS...THOSE THAT HAVE HAD LESS THAN 60 PERCENT OF 
NORMAL PRECIPITATION SINCE AUGUST 2013...INCLUDE WESTERN 
LASSEN...PLUMAS...SIERRA...EASTERN NEVADA ...EASTERN PLACER AND 
EASTERN EL DORADO COUNTIES ALONG WITH MUCH OF ALPINE COUNTY AND 
PARTS OF MONO AND INYO COUNTIES...AND MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY 
IN CALIFORNIA. IN NEVADA SOUTHERN WASHOE...STOREY...DOUGLAS...CARSON 
CITY AND WESTERN LYON COUNTIES ALONG WITH A SMALL PART OF SOUTHERN 
NYE COUNTY...SOUTHWEST CLARK COUNTY AND SOUTHEAST LINCOLN COUNTIES 
HAVE RECEIVED LESS THAN 60 PERCENT OF THEIR AVERAGE PRECIPITATION 
SINCE AUGUST 2013.

THE AREAS OF NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS 
PERIOD OF TIME STRETCH IN AN ARC FROM WHITE PINE COUNTY IN EASTERN 
NEVADA TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST THROUGH SOUTHERN AND WESTERN ELKO...
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL EUREKA AND LANDER COUNTIES INTO SOUTHERN 
HUMBOLDT AND NORTHEAST PERSHING COUNTIES IN NEVADA. THERE WERE ALSO 
SMALL POCKETS OF NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN CENTRAL LYON AND 
CENTRAL MINERAL COUNTIES IN NEVADA AND INYO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.
 
4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...
THIS PAST WINTER WAS THE THIRD STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. THE FOLLOWING IMPACTS...WHILE 
NOT ALL INCLUSIVE...REPRESENT SOME OF THE MOST IMPACTFUL EFFECTS OF 
THE CONTINUING DROUGHT ON THE REGION OVER THE THE LAST YEAR. 

A/ RANCHING...
MANY RANCHERS IN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE STRUGGLED TO 
PROVIDE CATTLE WITH WATER...FEED AND OTHER NUTRIENTS. SOME HAULED 
AND CONTINUE TO HAUL WATER TO LIVESTOCK AS THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE 
FROM NATURAL SOURCES IN MANY AREAS. AS SURFACE WATER SOURCES 
DISAPPEARED...SIGNIFICANT WATER SHORTAGES OCCURRED IN SOME AREAS. 
SOME RANCHERS DECREASED AND CONTINUE TO DECREASE HERD SIZE DUE TO 
THESE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THERE IS INTENSE COMPETITION BETWEEN 
WILDLIFE AND LIVESTOCK FOR WATER IN SOME AREAS. A FEW RANCHERS IN 
THE HARDEST IMPACTED AREAS OF CENTRAL NEVADA HAVE DECIDED TO SELL 
THEIR RANCHES DUE TO SEVERE ECONOMIC LOSSES.  

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

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

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

ON JULY 23, 2013 THE BATTLE MOUNTAIN BLM OFFICE ONCE AGAIN ANNOUNCED 
THE CLOSURE OF SOME OF THE ARGENTA GRAZING ALLOTMENTS. THE BLM CITED 
DATA THAT INDICATED DROUGHT TRIGGERS HAD BEEN MET REQUIRING REMOVAL 
OF CATTLE FROM NINE SEGMENTS OF THE ALLOTMENT. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY 
FREE PRESS, JULY 24, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 THAT DEPEND ON WATER FROM TCID TO MAKE 
PLANS TO CUT THEIR WATER USAGE. FROM KTVN AND KRNV, RENO, NV. MAY 9, 
2014.

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

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
AS OF JULY 30, 2014 RELEASES FROM BOCA RESERVOIR WERE CUT 
DRASTICALLY. THIS WILL REDUCE FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER BY ABOUT 
HALF. FLOWS REMAIN AT NEAR MINIMUMS FROM LAKE TAHOE...WHICH STOOD AT 
ABOUT 0.8 FEET ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM. THE REDUCTION IN FLOWS WILL 
MEAN THAT FLORISTON RATES WILL NOT BE MET FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 
SUMMER AND POSSIBLY INTO EARLY FALL. FLOWS THROUGH RENO WERE 
EXPECTED TO DROP BELOW 300 CFS. THIS RESULTED IN LITTLE IF ANY WATER 
REACHING AREA IRRIGATION DITCHES AND REDUCED FLOWS NEAR DERBY 
DAM...NOT ALLOWING TCID TO WITHDRAW WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE FOR USE 
IN THE LOWER CARSON. 

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

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

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

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA WERE OFFERED 20 MILLION 
DOLLARS IN AID BY THE USDA FOR WATER CONSERVATION PROJECTS. THESE 
INCLUDED SUCH PROJECTS AS UPDATING IRRIGATION METHODS...PREVENTING 
EROSION FROM UNPLANTED FIELDS AND FIGURING OUT BETTER METHODS TO 
WATER LIVESTOCK. FARMERS WHO RECEIVE LESS THAN 15 PERCENT OF THEIR 
WATER ALLOCATIONS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY. FROM SACRAMENTO 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 SUN, NV, JULY 31, 
2014.

C/ FIRE DANGER...  
PRECIPITATION IN MAY...THE MIDDLE OF JULY AND EARLY AUGUST HELPED TO 
REDUCE FIRE DANGER IN NORTHERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...BUT 
AFTER TWO WEEKS OF DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS FIRE DANGER INCREASED 
AGAIN BY LATE AUGUST TO NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. AS OF AUGUST 22 2014 
FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS HIGH OVER MOST OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL 
NEVADA...AND MUCH OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THERE WERE POCKETS OF VERY 
HIGH FIRE DANGER OVER WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEVADA AS WELL. 
NORTHEAST NEVADA HAD A FIRE DANGER RATING IN THE LOW TO MODERATE 
RANGE WHILE SOUTHEAST NEVADA'S FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS MODERATE. 
MUCH OF EASTERN AND SOUTHEAST SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA 
WAS ALSO RATED AS MODERATE WITH A LOW FIRE DANGER RATING NEAR THE 
COLORADO RIVER. 

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

AS OF AUGUST 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE 
REGION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR SEPTEMBER OVER MUCH OF NEVADA AND 
SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA...WHILE NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND THE EASTERN 
SIERRA CONTINUED TO HAVE A FORECAST OF ABOVE NORMAL WILDLAND FIRE 
POTENTIAL. FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER THE FORECAST WAS NEAR NORMAL 
WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL FOR MUCH OF 
NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS PARTS OF MONO 
AND INYO COUNTY IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA WHERE THE FORECAST REMAINS 
ABOVE NORMAL...BUT RETURNING TO NEAR NORMAL BY THE END OF THE 
PERIOD. 
  
SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR 
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_ 
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.  

EARLIER...THE CENTRAL LYON COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 
ENCOURAGED RESIDENTS IN LYON COUNTY NV TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN 
DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND THEIR PROPERTIES AND PRACTICE SAFETY IN THE 
WILDERNESS AND WITH CAMP FIRES DURING THE DRY CONDITIONS. FROM RENO 
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, NV, MARCH 12, 2014.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY BEGAN HIRING SEASONAL 
FIREFIGHTERS EARLIER THAN EVER BEFORE FOR THIS SEASON. THIS WAS A 
RESULT OF AN ALREADY ACTIVE FIRE SEASON IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND 
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, CA, APRIL 1, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AIDED BY VOLUNTEERS RESCUED AN ESTIMATED 6000 
TROUT AND OTHER FISH FROM DRYING DITCHES NEAR RENO IN AUGUST. WATER 
LEVELS IN THE DITCHES DROPPED AFTER TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY 
STOPPED RELEASING TRUCKEE RIVER WATER INTO THE DITCHES FOR 
HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION. THE FISH WERE RELOCATED TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER 
NEAR VERDI. FROM ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS, NV., 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.DFG.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 RENO URBAN FORESTRY COMMISSION REPORTED TREES UNDER DURESS FROM 
THE UNUSUALLY DRY CONDITIONS IN EARLY MARCH. THE COMMISSION IS URGING 
RESIDENTS TO WATER MATURE TREES TO HELP THEM SURVIVE THE DROUGHT. 
THE COMMISSION NOTED AN INCREASE IN TREE DEATHS DURING THE LAST TWO 
YEARS DUE TO DRY CONDITIONS AND INADEQUATE WATER. FROM KRXI CHANNEL 
11, RENO, NV., MARCH 10, 2014.

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

IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS HAD CAPTURED 7 BEARS OVER 
A TEN DAY SPAN ENDING JULY 11, 2014 AS BEARS HAD BEEN FORCED TO 
EXPAND THEIR SEARCH FOR FOOD INTO MORE URBANIZED AREAS DUE TO 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS. OFFICIALS REPORTED A TOTAL OF 17 BEARS HANDLED 
FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR AS OF JULY 17 2014...MORE THAN THE TYPICAL 
NUMBER. WHILE A SMALL NUMBER HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED...MANY WERE TAGGED 
AND RELEASED BACK INTO THE WILD.  FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, CA, 
JUL 17, 2014, ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS, NV, JUL12, 2014 AND ASSOCIATED 
PRESS REPORTS.

F/ GROUND WATER...
HIGH EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON GROUND WATER SUPPLIES IN SOME AREAS AS 
SURFACE WATER DWINDLED LAST SUMMER...CAUSING INCREASED GROUND 
WATER PUMPING. WATER TABLES DECLINED IN SOME AREAS...AND SOME WELLS 
WERE IMPACTED AND WILL NEED TO BE DEEPENED. THIS IS LIKELY TO BE THE 
CASE AGAIN THIS SUMMER. 

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

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

THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS POWER AUTHORITY SHUT DOWN THREE HYDROPOWER 
PLANTS IN LATE JULY AS WATER LEVELS FEEL 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/ HAVE SUMMER WATERING RESTRICTIONS IN 
PLACE THROUGH AUGUST 31ST. THESE ARE TIME OF DAY RESTRICTIONS. 
DAILY LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED...BUT ONLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 
7 PM AND 11 AM. NO LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED BETWEEN 11 AM AND 7 
PM.  SEE WWW.SNWA.COM OR WWW.LVVWD.COM FOR DETAILS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...
LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER HAVE PROMPTED THE TRUCKEE RIVER 
RAFTING COMPANY AND IRIE RAFTING COMPANY TO ANNOUNCE THEY WILL NOT 
BE ALLOWING RAFTING IN AUGUST...NORMALLY ONE OF THEIR MOST 
PROFITABLE MONTHS. THE SAN 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 HAS ALSO EXPOSED OBSTACLES THAT ARE 
NEARER THE WATER SURFACE AND ARE DAMAGING PROPELLERS. THE GENERAL 
MANAGER OF THE TAHOE CITY MARINA ALSO NOTED THE LAKE HAS BECOME TO 
SHALLOW FOR SOME SAILBOATS TO ENTER THE MARINA. FROM TAHOE CITY 
TRIBUNE, CA, JULY 22, 2014.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF AUGUST 24 2014...

STREAMFLOW IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN WELL BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE 
REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER AND INTO FALL.

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON AUGUST 24...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 9 
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 64 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 
14 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON AUGUST 24...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 0.7 
CFS...OR ABOUT 0.01 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 47 CFS FOR THIS 
DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON AUGUST 24...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA 
WERE ABOUT 9 CFS OR 28 PERCENT OF THE 32 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR THIS 
DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...  
AUGUST 24 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS 
FOLLOWS... /NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/. 

LAKE TAHOE..... 69170 AF... 9 PCT OF CAPACITY..17 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG. 
PROSSER RSVR.... 8016 AF...28 PCT OF CAPACITY..46 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG. 
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 58809 AF...26 PCT OF CAPACITY..40 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG. 
BOCA RSVR....... 7519 AF...18 PCT OF CAPACITY..27 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG.

AUGUST 24 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... 80 CFS... 26 PCT OF  309 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE...... 83 CFS... 29 PCT OF  285 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........185 CFS... 37 PCT OF  498 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 80 CFS... 32 PCT OF  248 CFS AVERAGE  
VISTA........ 95 CFS... 28 PCT OF  338 CFS AVERAGE  
WADSWORTH.... 70 CFS... 36 PCT OF  192 CFS AVERAGE  
NIXON........ 90 CFS... 56 PCT OF  162 CFS AVERAGE 

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
AUGUST 24 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........    0 CFS... 0 PCT OF   9 CFS AVERAGE 
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  2.4 CFS...53 PCT OF 4.5 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
AUGUST 24 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE 
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........ 55 CFS.. 47 PCT OF  116 CFS AVG 
EAST FK CARSON R NR GARDNERVILLE...... 77 CFS.. 61 PCT OF  126 CFS AVG 
WEST FK CARSON R AT WOODFORDS......... 13 CFS.. 38 PCT OF   34 CFS AVG 
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............  8 CFS.. 19 PCT OF   42 CFS AVG  
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............  0 CFS..  0 PCT OF   20 CFS AVG 

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR... 
AUGUST 24 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 15945 AF...5 PERCENT 
OF CAPACITY...OR 12 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM 
LAHONTAN ON AUGUST 24 WAS 0.9 CFS...0.001 PCT OF THE 777 CFS AVERAGE.  

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN... GET MONDAY MORNING
AS OF AUGUST 24...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 3110 ACRE 
FEET...7 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 17 PCT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 3730 AF...6 PCT OF CAPACITY...9 PCT OF THE
AUGUST 31 AVERAGE. 

AUGUST 24 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER 
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... 

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  43 CFS.. 19 PCT OF 227 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  30 CFS.. 29 PCT OF 105 CFS AVG 
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  66 CFS.. 26 PCT OF 251 CFS AVG 
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  59 CFS.. 19 PCT OF 306 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  17 CFS.. 22 PCT OF  79 CFS AVG 
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF  27 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY AUGUST...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9164 ACRE 
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 10 PCT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE. 
  
AUGUST 24 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE 
AS FOLLOWS... 

MARYS RVR NR DEETH..........1.6 CFS......  53 PCT OF THE   3 CFS AVG   
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN...... 62 CFS...... 177 PCT OF THE  35 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.... 45 CFS...... 100 PCT OF THE  45 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .1.3 CFS......   4 PCT OF THE  29 CFS AVG  
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......0.1 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE  44 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......  0 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE  74 CFS AVG 
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..2.3 CFS......0.01 PCT OF THE 250 CFS AVG 

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON AUGUST 24...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 9 
CFS...OR 176 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 5.1 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER... 
ON AUGUST 24...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 11940 AF...17 
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 35 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA... GET INFO MONDAY MORNING
AUGUST 23 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10077 THOUSAND AF...39 PERCENT OF 
CAPACITY...AND 51 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

ON AUGUST 24 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA 
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 13500 CFS...99 PCT OF THE AVERAGE 
OF 13600 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE LAKE 
MEAD NEAR NOT AVAILABLE.  THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS 
NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION.

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

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER IS FOR 
ABOVE TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND 
EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE OUTLOOK ALSO CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES OF 
ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR NORTHEAST 
CALIFORNIA...NORTHEAST AND WESTERN NEVADA...AND ABOVE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA...SOUTHERN AND EASTERN NEVADA 
AS THE SEASONAL MONSOON STRETCHES INTO SEPTEMBER. 

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

&&

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...
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