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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
1045 PM PDT TUE AUG 23 2016

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

1/ NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...
AS OF AUGUST 17, 2016...ALL COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA ALONG THE NEVADA
BORDER EXCEPT ALPINE COUNTY WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL
DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. ALPINE
COUNTY WAS DESIGNATED A CONTIGUOUS NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER COUNTY.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL
DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS: LANDER...HUMBOLDT...WASHOE...PERSHING...
CHURCHILL... STOREY...CARSON CITY...DOUGLAS...LYON...MINERAL...
ESMERALDA...NYE...WHITE PINE AND CLARK.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS CONTIGUOUS
NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS: ELKO...EUREKA AND LINCOLN. FROM
USDA.

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

2/ CURRENT DROUGHT INTENSITY IN WESTERN 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
TO MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN.

AS OF AUGUST 16, 2016...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED A LARGE
PORTION OF WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS IN SEVERE
DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER.

MONO COUNTY REMAINS THE ONLY PORTION OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA OR
WESTERN NEVADA WITH EXTREME DROUGHT /LEVEL 3/ OR HIGHER. ONLY THE
FAR NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY WAS CATEGORIZED WITH LESS THAN
EXTREME DROUGHT WHILE THE MONO COUNTY PORTION OF THE SIERRA CREST
WAS CATEGORIZED AS HAVING EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT/ LEVEL 4/.

PARTS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA WERE CATEGORIZED
AS HAVING MODERATE DROUGHT INCLUDING: CENTRAL PLUMAS COUNTY...MUCH
OF LASSEN COUNTY...THE SURPRISE VALLEY PORTION OF MODOC COUNTY AND
NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY. A SMALL PART OF NORTHEAST PERSHING COUNTY IN
NEVADA WAS CATEGORIZED AS HAVING MODERATE DROUGHT OR AS ABNORMALLY
DRY.

3/ SYNOPSIS...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OCCURRED OVER MOST OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA
AND NEVADA FROM OCTOBER 2011 THROUGH EARLY 2015. SINCE JUNE OF 2015
MUCH OF THIS REGION HAS SEEN ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...
ESPECIALLY IN EASTERN AND NORTHEAST NEVADA AND PARTS OF WESTERN
NEVADA.

MUCH OF THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THESE AREAS OCCURRED IN
THUNDERSTORMS AS A VERY ACTIVE MONSOON DEVELOPED AND CONTINUED
THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF JULY 2015. WHILE THIS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
AIDED RANGE CONDITIONS IN MANY AREAS...IMPROVING GRAZING CONDITIONS
BEYOND THOSE SEEN IN 2014...THE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN DID LITTLE
TO ALLEVIATE POOR WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS IN AREAS THAT RELY ON RUN
OFF FROM WINTER SNOW.

SINCE THE START OF THE WATER YEAR IN OCTOBER 2015 ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA WITH THE EXCEPTION
OF PARTS OF SOUTHERN MONO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA AND PARTS OF CENTRAL
PERSHING AND CHURCHILL COUNTIES AND NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA.

THIS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FELL FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY THROUGH THE
FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE WATER YEAR...BUT FEBRUARY REVERTED BACK TO
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. ADDITIONAL STORMS
IN THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH BROUGHT ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION BACK
TO THE SIERRA...NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA. MOST
OF THE REMAINDER OF NEVADA SAW NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN
MARCH.

THE MIDDLE OF APRIL ALSO SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MUCH OF
NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. SOME AREAS NEAR THE OREGON BORDER IN
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA SAW BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD. THE MONTH OF MAY SAW TWO PERIODS
OF MODERATE TO HEAVY PRECIPITATION CONFINED MAINLY TO WESTERN AND
CENTRAL NEVADA...BUT SOME PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA
BENEFITED AS WELL.

THE MONTHS OF JUNE AND JULY WERE QUITE DRY OVER THE EASTERN SIERRA
AND WESTERN NEVADA. THERE WERE SHOWERS IN PARTS OF NORTHEAST
CALIFORNIA IN EARLY JUNE. THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED RAIN IN SOUTH MONO
COUNTY AND PARTS OF MINERAL AND LYON COUNTIES IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY
JULY. AUGUST HAS ALSO BEEN BELOW NORMAL WITH REGARD TO RAINFALLL...
BUT THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH SAW A FEW DAYS OF MORE MONSOON-LIKE
THUNDERSTORMS.

/SEE:HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/WWDT/ARCHIVE.PHP?FOLDER=PON6PER/

4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...

THE WINTER OF 2014/15 WAS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. FALL 2014 AND EARLY
FEBRUARY 2015 BROUGHT SOME RELIEF...ALONG WITH CONVECTIVE RAINS FROM
A VERY ACTIVE MONSOON PATTERN IN JUNE AND JULY 2015 AND ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION SINCE THE START OF OCTOBER 2015. 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...

THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2015 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 DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS 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...

SUMMER 2015 MARKED THE THIRD IRRIGATION SEASON IN A ROW WHEN MANY
FARMERS DID NOT RECEIVE A FULL ALLOCATION OF WATER. THIS WAS
ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN AND THE CARSON BASIN
BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR.

HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...

NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE FOR EITHER THE 2014 OR 2015 IRRIGATION
SEASONS 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. WITH STORAGE INCREASING IN RYE PATCH RESERVOIR
DUE TO RUN OFF FROM AN ABOVE AVERAGE SNOW PACK IN THE UPPER HUMBOLDT
BASIN...DELIVERIES WERE COMMENCED IN MID APRIL TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS
IN THE LOVELOCK AREA.

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.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY MARCH 2016 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE TRUCKEE-CARSON
WATER DISTRICT SET THE 2016 MINIMUM ALLOCATION AT 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL DEMAND FOR THE NEWLANDS FEDERAL RECLAMATION PROJECT. WATER
DELIVERY WAS SET TO COMMENCE ON MARCH 21, 2016.

ALLOCATIONS WERE LATER RAISED TO 85 PERCENT...BUT IN EARLY JULY THESE
ALLOCATIONS WERE CUT BACK TO 75 PERCENT. THE BOARD OF TCID CITED
TRANSPORT LOSSES AND APPLICATION TO FIELD LOSSES AS THE BASIS FOR
THIS CUT. FROM NEVADA APPEAL/LAHONTAN VALLEY NEWS, JULY 7, 2016.

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, 2014 VIRTUALLY NO
FLOW WAS LEAVING LAKE TAHOE. WITH RECHARGE FROM MELTING SNOW AND
STORMS...THE LAKE ROSE ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM ON APRIL 9, 2016...
ALLOWING A MINIMAL FLOW TO RETURN TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER BELOW THE
LAKE. THE LAKE LEVEL PEAKED AROUND JUNE 12, 2016 ABOUT ONE FOOT
ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM. WITH DECREASING INFLOW AND INCREASING
EVAPORATION THE LAKE LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DECREASING
THROUGH LATE SUMMER INTO EARLY AUTUMN.

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.

C/ FIRE DANGER...

AS OF AUGUST 23, 2016...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS HIGH TO VERY HIGH
FOR MUCH OF NORTHERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. POCKETS OF
EXTREME FIRE DANGER EXISTED IN NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEVADA
WHILE MODERATE FIRE DANGER WAS PRESENT IN MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
AND THE EASTERN SLOPES OF SOUTHERN SIERRA IN CALIFORNIA.

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

AS OF AUGUST 1, 2016...THE NIFC SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL
FORECAST FOR THE REGION WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR ALL OF WESTERN NEVADA
AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF AUGUST. THE
SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL IS FORECAST TO RETURN TO NEAR
NORMAL FOR SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER.

SEE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WEBSITE FOR
DETAILS...HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF.

SEVERAL FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...ALONG WITH THE NEVADA
DIVISION OF FORESTRY...ANNOUNCED IN LATE JUNE NEW FIRE RESTRICTIONS
ON MOST PUBLIC LANDS IN NEVADA AND THE EASTERN SIERRA EFFECTIVE JUNE
30, 2016. THESE INCLUDING RESTRICTING OFF ROAD VEHICLES TO EXISTING
PAVED, GRAVEL OR DIRT ROADS AND PROHIBITING FIRES OUTSIDE OF
DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS OR PICNIC AREAS EXCEPT BY PERMIT. FROM KOLO
TV, RENO, NV, JUNE 29, 2016.

CALFIRE ANNOUNCED THE SUSPENSION OF ALL BURN PERMITS FOR SACRAMENTO,
AMADOR, ALPINE AND EL DORADO COUNTIES. THIS BANS ALL OUTDOOR
RESIDENTIAL BURNING INCLUDING LANDSCAPE DEBRIS AND LEAVES. FROM
PLACERVILLE, CA, MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT, JUNE 27, 2016.

D/ FISHERIES...

IN LATE JANUARY 2016 A GOLDEN ALGAE BLOOM DEVELOPED ON RYE PATCH
RESERVOIR IN PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA. THIS BLOOM WAS BELIEVED TO BE
DROUGHT RELATED AND THOUGHT TO HAVE OCCURRED PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN LARGELY STAGNANT FOR THREE YEARS WITH NO FRESH
WATER FLOWING IN FROM THE HUMBOLDT RIVER COMBINED WITH ELEVATED
MINERAL CONTENT...LOW LEVELS OF NUTRIENTS AND COLD TEMPERATURES.
NEVADA STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FEARED ALL OF THE FISH IN THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN KILLED BY THE ALGAE BLOOM BUT WOULD NOT KNOW FOR
SURE UNTIL SPRING ARRIVED. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JAN 25,
2016.

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 THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE HAS NOTED AN
INCREASE IN TREE-KILLING INSECTS AND TREE MORTALITY MOVING NORTH
INTO THE BASIN. THIS COULD ADD TO THE FIRE RISK THROUGH THE SUMMER.
FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAY 25, 2016.

F/ GROUND WATER...

SCIENTISTS FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAVE BEGUN A STUDY OF
WATERSHEDS IN 6 WESTERN STATES IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN INSIGHTS THAT
COULD HELP RESOURCE MANAGERS BETTER ALLOCATE SCARCE WATER SUPPLIES
DURING FUTURE DROUGHTS. NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA ARE INCLUDED IN THIS
STUDY OF NEARLY 500 STREAMS IN THE WESTERN U.S. ONE OF THE KEY GOALS
OF THE STUDY IS TO DETERMINE WHICH BASINS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO LOW
SNOWPACK AND WHICH BASINS HAVE THE KIND OF GEOLOGY THAT CAN MITIGATE
A LACK OF SNOWPACK WITH GROUNDWATER. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE,
SEP 10, 2015.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...

RENO/SPARKS...

THE NEAR NORMAL WINTER OF 2015/16 IN THE SIERRA HELPED RECHARGE
TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY`S /TMWA/ RESERVES. IT WAS ANNOUNCED
ON APRIL 20, 2016 THAT TMWA WAS NOT ASKING ITS CUSTOMERS TO REDUCE
THEIR WATER USAGE FOR THE COMING IRRIGATION SEASON...UNLIKE THE
PREVIOUS YEAR. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, APR 20, 2016.

MAMMOTH LAKES...

EVEN WITH A NEAR NORMAL SNOW PACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON...MAMMOTH
COMMUNITY WATER DISTRICT /MCWD/ CUSTOMERS REMAIN UNDER LEVEL 3
RESTRICTIONS. MCWD HAS RELIED ON HEAVY GROUND WATER PUMPING DUE TO
THE ONGOING DROUGHT AND THE LEVELS OF THEIR WELLS WERE AT HISTORIC
LOWS IN LATE 2015. THE RESTRICTIONS ALLOW FOR WATERING ONLY 2 DAYS
PER WEEK BUT INCREASE THE ACCEPTABLE HOURS TO 1 AM TO 6 AM AND 8 PM
TO 11 PM. FROM SIERRAWAVE.NET, JUNE 1, 2016.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER OF 2014/2015 NUMEROUS SKI AREAS WERE IMPACTED
BY THE LACK OF NATURAL SNOW.

A FEW SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED IN JANUARY 2015 DUE TO LACK OF
SNOW INCLUDING THE TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY AREA AND HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN
RESORT. NUMEROUS OTHER SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED BY THE MIDDLE
OF MARCH 2015 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.

AS OF MID NOVEMBER 2015...EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL HAD ALLOWED MOST SKI
RESORTS IN THE SIERRA TO OPEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED.

THE BOAT LAUNCH AT THE NEVADA`S SAND HARBOR STATE PARK ON LAKE
TAHOE`S EASTERN SHORE CLOSED IN EARLY AUGUST 2016 DUE TO LOW WATER
CONDITIONS. THIS MARKS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON LOW WATER
CONDITIONS HAVE PROMPTED AN EARLY CLOSURE. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-
JOURNAL, AUGUST 1, 2016.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF AUGUST 23, 2016...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON AUGUST 23...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 80
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 533 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 15
CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON AUGUST 23...FLOWS ON THE PIT RIVER NEAR CANBY WERE ABOUT 2 CFS
OR 4 PERCENT OF THE 46 CFS AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON AUGUST 23...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 8 CFS OR 28 PERCENT OF THE 29 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR
THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
AUGUST 23 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS
FOLLOWS.../NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/.

LAKE TAHOE...... 41500 AF...  6 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 10 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG
PROSSER RSVR.... 16900 AF... 59 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 90 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR... 88200 AF... 39 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 65 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG
BOCA RSVR....... 19200 AF... 47 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 67 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG

AUGUST 23 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE TRUCKEE
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... /NOTE...CFS IS ABBREVIATION FOR CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND/

TAHOE CITY...  25 CFS...    8 PCT OF  304 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE......  31 CFS...   11 PCT OF  274 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........ 463 CFS...   94 PCT OF  491 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 285 CFS...  117 PCT OF  244 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........ 295 CFS...   89 PCT OF  332 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH.... 188 CFS...  102 PCT OF  185 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 130 CFS...   82 PCT OF  158 CFS AVERAGE

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

AT STEAMBOAT.......... 0.1 CFS... 1 PCT OF 8.2 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/.. UNAVAILABLE DUE TO MAINTENANCE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
AUGUST 23 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE...  75 CFS...  66 PCT OF  113 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE...  77 CFS...  62 PCT OF  125 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS......  19 CFS...  58 PCT OF   33 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY........ 8.5 CFS...  20 PCT OF   42 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL....... 0.1 CFS...   1 PCT OF   20 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
AUGUST 23 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 38000 ACRE FEET...13
PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 26 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE
FROM LAHONTAN ON AUGUST 23 WAS 695 CFS...93 PCT OF THE 745 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF AUGUST 23...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 12800 ACRE
FEET...30 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 67 PCT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 23300 AF...39 PCT OF CAPACITY...AND 58 PCT OF
THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

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

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  84 CFS... 38 PCT OF 223 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  60 CFS... 58 PCT OF 103 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR...... 206 CFS... 84 PCT OF 245 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON.......... 124 CFS... 45 PCT OF 273 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  34 CFS... 44 PCT OF  77 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS...  0 PCT OF  19 CFS AVG

G/ LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY AUGUST...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 51790 ACRE
FEET...27 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 46 PCT OF THE JULY 31 AVERAGE.

AUGUST 23 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN
WERE AS FOLLOWS...

HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   12 CFS....  17 PCT OF THE  72 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..  210 CFS....  86 PCT OF THE 244 CFS AVG

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 NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR ALL OF
WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA.

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
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PHONE...775-673-8100
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REV.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV



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