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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
300 PM PDT WED JUN 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 ALLOWED
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 JUNE 17 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 NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHWEST AND WESTERN 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...DOUGLAS...ELKO...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...MOST OF STOREY COUNTY...THE SOUTHERN
THIRD OF WASHOE COUNTY AND MUCH OF CARSON CITY.

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
INYO...INCLUDING THOSE PORTIONS OF THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN EAST OF THE
SIERRA CREST.  THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 4/
INCLUDED MOST OF LASSEN COUNTY...A SMALL PART OF EASTERN PLUMAS
COUNTY AND A SMALL PORTION OF EASTERN SIERRA COUNTY.  EASTERN INYO
AND A VERY SMALL PART OF SOUTHEAST MONO COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS
HAVING SEVERE DROUGHT. MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WAS CLASSIFIED
AS HAVING SEVERE DROUGHT...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FAR WESTERN
PORTION OF THE COUNTY...WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS HAVING EXTREME
DROUGHT.

3/ SYNOPSIS...
MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MUCH OF EASTERN
CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA SINCE JUNE OF 2013.  GOING BACK TO
JANUARY 2013 MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXPERIENCED
RECORD TO NEAR RECORD DRYNESS. SINCE JUNE 2013...PRECIPITATION HAS
BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL BUT 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 JUNE 2013 ALONG WITH SMALL POCKETS IN ELKO...WHITE PINE...
MINERAL AND LYON COUNTIES IN NEVADA AND VERY SMALL AREA OF SOUTHERN
INYO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.

/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 JUNE 2013...INCLUDE WESTERN LASSEN...
PLUMAS...EASTERN SIERRA...PARTS OF ALPINE...MONO AND INYO
COUNTIES...AND MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA...AND
PARTS OF SOUTHERN WASHOE...STOREY...DOUGLAS...CARSON CITY...WESTERN
LYON AND WESTERN PERSHING COUNTIES IN NEVADA ALONG WITH A SMALL PART
OF SOUTHERN NYE COUNTY AND SOUTHWEST CLARK COUNTY IN NEVADA.

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 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. AS WE
GET INTO THE IRRIGATION SEASON IN EARNEST...FURTHER DROUGHT IMPACTS
ARE LIKELY TO BE FELT OVER THE REGION.

A/ RANCHING...
MANY RANCHERS IN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA HAVE STRUGGLED TO
PROVIDE CATTLE WITH WATER...FEED AND OTHER NUTRIENTS. SOME HAULED
WATER AND FEED TO LIVESTOCK AS THEY WERE 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.

EARLIER THIS WINTER THE BLM SAID THERE WAS THE POTENTIAL FOR GRAZING
RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC LANDS IN NEVADA IF MONITORING SHOWS RESOURCE
DAMAGE COULD OCCUR AT PERMITTED GRAZING LEVELS. IF RESTRICTIONS ARE
NEEDED THEY COULD TAKE THE FORM OF REDUCING LIVESTOCK NUMBERS...
REDUCING THE LENGTH OF GRAZING PERIODS OR CLOSING ALLOTMENTS. THE
BLM IN NEVADA SPENT 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2013 ON IMPROVEMENT
PROJECTS INCLUDING FENCING...NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL...WATER
DEVELOPMENT...SEEDING AREAS AND MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING
IMPROVEMENTS. FROM LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, NV, FEB. 1, 2014.

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.

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 LAST SUMMER.
FARMERS IN SOME AREAS WITHOUT ADEQUATE UPSTREAM RESERVOIR STORAGE
HAD SEVERE RESTRICTIONS IN WATER ALLOCATIONS. THIS CUT LED TO
DRASTIC REDUCTIONS IN CROP YIELDS AND RESULTING LOSS OF INCOME. SOME
FARMERS CHOSE NOT TO PLANT CROPS LAST SEASON.

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. ABOVE RYE PATCH...THE HIGHEST WATER RIGHT PRIORITY THAT WAS
SERVED THIS YEAR WAS 1872...BUT EVEN SOME OF THESE HIGH PRIORITY
RIGHTS WERE NOT SERVED DUE TO VERY LOW FLOWS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER.

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 JUNE 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 A LATER DATE. AT THE TIME RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS
AT 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 ARE VERY HIGH FOR JUNE.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...
BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...TRUCKEE CARSON IRRIGATION DISTRICT /TCID/
PROVIDED IRRIGATORS WITH ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL ALLOTMENT
DURING THE 2013 IRRIGATION SEASON. DELIVERIES TO MOST OF THE TCID
AREA ENDED ON SEPTEMBER 10.

ON MAY 9 2014 THE TRUCKEE-CARSON IRRIGATION DISTRICT ANNOUNCED A
PLAN TO CUT ALLOTMENTS FOR THE 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.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
NO RESTRICTIONS WERE IN PLACE FOR IRRIGATORS OR ANY OTHER USES ON
THE MAINSTEM TRUCKEE RIVER LAST YEAR...OTHER THAN NORMAL URBAN
WATERING RESTRICTIONS.

HOWEVER...IRRIGATORS WHICH RELIED ON FLOWS ON TRUCKEE RIVER
TRIBUTARIES WITHOUT RESERVOIR STORAGE...SUCH AS ON THE STEAMBOAT
CREEK-WASHOE LAKE BASIN...ONLY HAD WATER AVAILABLE FOR A SHORT
PERIOD DURING SPRING RUNOFF.

AS OF THIS WRITING IT IS NOT YET KNOWN OF RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE FOR
THIS IRRIGATING SEASON...HOWEVER LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE THIS
IRRIGATION SEASON COULD IMPACT DELIVERIES TO WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS ON
THE COCHRANE DITCH.

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 CATTLEMENS 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.

C/ FIRE DANGER...
PRECIPITATION IN MAY HELPED TO REDUCE FIRE DANGER IN NORTHERN NEVADA
AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...BUT FIRE DANGER IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE
TO ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER MONTHS. AS
OF JUNE 17 2014 FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS HIGH TO EXTREME OVER MOST
OF SOUTHERN NEVADA...FROM NYE...LINCOLN ESMERALDA COUNTIES
SOUTHWARD...AND SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA IN INYO AND SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTIES. FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS MODERATE OVER THE REMAINDER OF
NEVADA AND MUCH OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

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

AS OF JUNE 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE REGION
WAS INCREASING TO ABOVE FOR JUNE OVER MUCH OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA
ALONG WITH WESTERN...NORTHERN AND FAR SOUTHERN NEVADA AND NEAR
NORMAL ELSEWHERE. FOR JULY THE FIRE POTENTIAL WAS FORECAST ABOVE
NORMAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA ALONG WITH WESTERN AND
NORTHERN NEVADA. FAR SOUTHERN NEVADA WAS FORECAST TO BE NEAR NORMAL
WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL.

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.

THROUGH EARLY MAY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAD SPENT $130 MILLION OF
ITS EMERGENCY FUND ON FIREFIGHTING EXPENSES SINCE JULY 2013. CALFIRE
ANTICIPATES NEEDING ANOTHER $82 MILLION BY THE END OF JUNE. OVER 1200
WILDFIRES HAVE BURNED IN THE STATE SINCE THE START OF THE YEAR. FROM
LOS ANGELES, CA, TIMES, MAY 5, 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.

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.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS PROMPTED THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND
WILDLIFE TO BEGIN STOCKING RIVERS...STREAMS AND LAKES IN WESTERN
NEVADA EARLIER THAN IT HAS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS BEFORE THESE WATER
BODIES BECOME TOO DEPLETED. THE STOCKING OF RAINBOW TROUT BEGAN ON
THE TRUCKEE RIVER AS EARLY AS FEBRUARY 20...FOUR WEEKS EARLY.
TOPAZ...SPOONER AND MARLETTE LAKES...URBAN PONDS AROUND
RENO...CARSON CITY AND GARDNERVILLE AND IN PARTS OF NORTHERN WASHOE
COUNTY...WALL CANYON AND BOULDER RESERVOIRS RECEIVED FISH EARLY THIS
YEAR AS WELL. WARM WATER FISH LIKE CATFISH...BASS AND WALLEYE WERE
NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE AT RYE PATCH AND LAHONTAN RESERVOIRS WHERE
WATER LEVELS REMAINED LOW THROUGH THE WINTER. FROM RENO
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, NV, FEB 12, 2014.

WILDLIFE OFFICIAL HAVE ALSO 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.

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 DE 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.

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....BUT LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE LATER THIS SUMMER MAY NEED
FORCE TMWA TO TAP INTO ITS RESERVE SUPPLIES.  FOR NOW TMWA IS ASKING
RESIDENTS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT...BUT NO
MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES ARE IN PLACE.  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 OUTDOOR WATERING SCHEDULE AS IN PAST
YEARS.  SEE WWW.TMWA.COM/CONSERVATION FOR DETAILS.

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.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...
LOWER WATER LEVELS ON LAKE TAHOE PROMPTED ONE TOUR BOAT OPERATOR TO
SUSPEND THE OPERATIONS OF ONE OF ITS TWO BOATS DUE TO SHALLOW WATER
IN ITS DOCKING AREA EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE COMPANY`S OTHER BOAT DOCKS
AT A DEEPER PORTION OF THE LAKE...BUT IT HAS HAD TO END TOURS OF
EMERALD BAY DUE TO SHALLOW WATERS AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE BAY. WHILE
THE DRY WEATHER AND LOWER LAKE LEVELS MAY BE LIMITING THE EXTENT OF
TOURS...THE TOUR BOAT OPERATOR REPORTS HIGH CAPACITY EACH DAY DUE TO
THE MILD CONDITIONS...AND RUNNING ONLY ONE OF TWO BOATS HAS REDUCED
LABOR COSTS. A SEPARATE TOUR COMPANY THAT USES A SMALLER BOAT CAN
STILL ENTER EMERALD BAY. FROM KTVN NEWS 2 RENO, NV. JAN. JAN 14,
2014.

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

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

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON JUNE 24...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 11
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 16 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF
69 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON JUNE 24...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 0.3 CFS...OR
ABOUT 0.002 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 157 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON JUNE 24...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA WERE
ABOUT 7.8 CFS OR 9 PERCENT OF THE 91 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR THIS DATE.

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

LAKE TAHOE.....139600 AF...19 PCT OF CAPACITY..29 PCT OF JUNE 30 AVG.
PROSSER RSVR.... 9287 AF...32 PCT OF CAPACITY..43 PCT OF JUNE 30 AVG.
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 65198 AF...29 PCT OF CAPACITY..41 PCT OF JUNE 30 AVG.
BOCA RSVR.......17339 AF...42 PCT OF CAPACITY..55 PCT OF JUNE 30 AVG.

JUNE 24 13 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...287 CFS...109 PCT OF  264 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE......276 CFS... 61 PCT OF  451 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........650 CFS...100 PCT OF  648 CFS AVERAGE
RENO.........375 CFS... 46 PCT OF  811 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........300 CFS... 32 PCT OF  951 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH....215 CFS... 25 PCT OF  869 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........209 CFS... 30 PCT OF  707 CFS AVERAGE

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

AT STEAMBOAT..........    0 CFS... 0 PCT OF 32 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  3.6 CFS...13 PCT OF 27 CFS AVERAGE

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

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........125 CFS.. 15 PCT OF  808 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON R NR GARDNERVILLE......126 CFS.. 15 PCT OF  855 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON R AT WOODFORDS......... 27 CFS.. 13 PCT OF  204 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY............. 28 CFS..  4 PCT OF  742 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............7.7 CFS..  1 PCT OF  743 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
JUNE 24 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 51729 AF...18 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 24 PERCENT OF THE JUNE 30 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON JUNE 24 WAS 715 CFS...69 PCT OF THE 1030 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF JUNE 24...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 7470 ACRE
FEET...18 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 26 PCT OF THE JUNE 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 5680 AF...10 PCT OF CAPACITY...13 PCT OF THE
JUNE 30 AVERAGE.

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

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  79 CFS.. 24 PCT OF 334 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 126 CFS.. 14 PCT OF 897 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  83 CFS.. 12 PCT OF 688 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  53 CFS..  6 PCT OF 852 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  24 CFS..  5 PCT OF 465 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF 431 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY JUNE...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9520 ACRE
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 8 PCT OF THE JUNE 30 AVERAGE.

JUNE 24 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE
AS FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH.......... 19 CFS...... 19 PCT OF THE  98 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN......258 CFS...... 27 PCT OF THE 970 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE....208 CFS...... 21 PCT OF THE 973 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .134 CFS...... 14 PCT OF THE 984 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......100 CFS...... 12 PCT OF THE 861 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY....... 80 CFS...... 12 PCT OF THE 680 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..0.1 CFS......  0 PCT OF THE 575 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON JUNE 24...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 21
CFS...OR 24 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 87 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON JUNE 24...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 14300 AF...20
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 30 PERCENT OF THE JUNE 30 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
JUNE 23 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10358 THOUSAND AF...40 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY...AND 52 PERCENT OF THE JUNE 30 AVERAGE.

ON JUNE 24 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 100O0 CFS...33 PCT OF THE AVERAGE
OF 30500 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE LAKE
MEAD NEAR NOT AVAILABLE.  THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS
AT 31 CFS...97 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE OF 32 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 JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 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 ALL OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND
MUCH OF NEVADA. EASTERN NEVADA CAN EXPECT ABOVE AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION DUE TO THE RETURN OF THE SEASONAL MONSOON.

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

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS
MAY BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.........................  DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...WHICH INCLUDES DROUGHT MONITOR......  DROUGHT.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER.....................  WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...  WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS HYDROLOGIC MONITORING.....................  WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV

NWS CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER......  WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

NWS NORTHWEST RIVER FORECAST CENTER...........
WWW.NWRFC.NOAA.GOV/WS/

NWS COLORADO BASIN RIVER FORECAST CENTER........  WWW.CBRFC.NOAA.GOV/

NEVADA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/

NWS CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER LONG RANGE OUTLOOK MAPS...
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/FORECASTS/

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.NV.NRCS.USDA.GOV/SNOW/INDEX.HTML

CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF WATER RESOURCES............ CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA WATER CONDITIONS..... WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/WATERCONDITIONS/
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES...........  WWW.ACWA.COM

NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES.................. WATER.NV.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO................... WEATHER.GOV/RENO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO..................  WEATHER.GOV/ELKO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS.........  WEATHER.GOV/LASVEGAS

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY........................  TMWA.COM
SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY........................  SNWA.COM
LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT........................ LVVWD.COM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.........  WWW.USDA.GOV/DROUGHT U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FARM SERVICES AGENCY... WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV

U.S. FOREST SERVICE WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FIRE DANGER CLASS...
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/IMAGES/FIREDANGER/FD_CLASS.PNG

NATIONAL SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK...
HTTP://WWW.PREDICTIVESERVICES.NIFC.GOV/OUTLOOKS/MONTHLY_
SEASONAL_OUTLOOK.PDF

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A SYNTHESIS OF MULTIPLE DROUGHT INDICES AND
IMPACTS THAT REPRESENTS A CONSENSUS OF SCIENTISTS IN MANY
FEDERAL...STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES...AS WELL AS PRIVATE FIRMS.  THE
DROUGHT MONITOR IS USED NATIONWIDE BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE TO DETERMINE DROUGHT SEVERITY...TO DECLARE DROUGHT AND
IS THE MECHANISM USED TO PROVIDE AID TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.

INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OBSERVATION SITES...US BLM...CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA
DIVISIONS OF WATER RESOURCES AND STATE CLIMATOLOGISTS...NEVADA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION
DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT...WALKER RIVER PAIUTE
TRIBE...FEDERAL WATER MASTERS...TRUCKEE/CARSON IRRIGATION
DISTRICT...AND NWS OFFICES IN RENO...ELKO AND LAS VEGAS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2350 RAGGIO PKWY
RENO NV 89512
PHONE...775-673-8100
WEATHER.GOV/RENO
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