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

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA...

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

...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EASTERN NEVADA...

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

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...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 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.

3/ SYNOPSIS...
BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MOST OF
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 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...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 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 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.

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. 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 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
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.

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

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.

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...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. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS
FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF
NEVADA...GENERALLY SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50. 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...

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