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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...RE-ISSUED FROM THE ELKO OFFICE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
300 AM PDT WED MAY 14 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 MAY 6 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
SEVERE /LEVEL 2/ 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 EASTERN AND CENTRAL PERSHING...MUCH OF CHURCHILL
COUNTY AND A SMALL PART OF WESTERN LANDER COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED SOUTHEAST AND
SOUTH CENTRAL ELKO...EASTERN AND CENTRAL WHITE PINE AND CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN CENTRAL CLARK COUNTIES...WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS IN
MODERATE DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 1/.

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME 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.  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 EXTREME EASTERN PORTION OF THE COUNTY...WHICH WAS
CLASSIFIED AS MODERATE DROUGHT AND FAR WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO 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 MAY OF 2013.  GOING BACK TO
JANUARY 2013 MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXPERIENCED
RECORD TO NEAR RECORD DRYNESS. SINCE MAY 2013...PRECIPITATION HAS
BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL BUT PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL...EASTERN
AND FAR NORTHWEST NEVADA AND ALL BUT A SMALL PORTION OF NORTHEAST
CALIFORNIA.  ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA
AND NORTHERN NEVADA IN MARCH OF 2013 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 MAY 2013...BUT THIS AREA IS THE
EXCEPTION.

/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 MAY 2013...INCLUDE WESTERN LASSEN...
EASTERN SIERRA...PLUMAS...MUCH OF ALPINE AND MONO 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 CENTRAL 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 NORTHERN PERSHING COUNTIES...THEN ACROSS NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY
IN NEVADA INTO EASTERN AND NORTHERN LASSEN AND EASTERN MODOC
COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA. THERE WERE ALSO SMALL POCKETS OF NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IN CENTRAL LYON COUNTY 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 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 IS 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.

THE BLM OFFICE IN BATTLE MOUNTAIN RECENTLY REQUESTED NINE RANCHERS
WHO HAVE GRAZING RIGHTS ON THE ARGENTA ALLOTMENT 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 HAS SUFFERED DAMAGE AND NEEDS
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 HAS BEGUN SELLING CATTLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE
REDUCTION IN ANIMAL UNIT MONTHS. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, MAY
6, 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 AMY 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 APRIL 14 2014 NO ALLOCATIONS HAVE BEEN SET ON THE
LOWER HUMBOLDT.  AT THAT TIME RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS AT 5 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE FORECAST
A VOLUME OF 3 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL THROUGH
JULY AT IMLAY NEVADA.

AS OF EARLY MAY NO ALLOCATIONS HAD BEEN SET FOR THE 2014 IRRIGATION
SEASON ON THE LOWER HUMBOLDT.

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.

IN DIAMOND VALLEY OF EUREKA COUNTY THERE WERE NOTICEABLE DECREASES
IN GROUND WATER LEVELS AS RECHARGE WAS NOT OCCURRING... AFFECTING
SURFACE WATER AND SPRINGS.

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.

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.

AS OF MAY 1 2014 FLOWS REMAINED LOW ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR AND THE
VOLUME FORECAST WAS FOR ONLY 10 PERCENT OF AVERAGE AT FORT CHURCHILL
FROM APRIL THROUGH JULY.  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.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN 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 THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY AND MARCH LEAD TO A REDUCTION IN
FIRE DANGER ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION BUT WELL ABOVE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND A LACK OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT MUCH OF APRIL
HAS SEEN FIRE DANGER INCREASE.  AS OF APRIL 21 2014 FIRE DANGER WAS
RATED AS HIGH TO VERY HIGH OVER MOST OF NEVADA AND EASTERN
CALIFORNIA.  FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS MODERATE IN FAR EASTERN NEVADA
AND THE SIERRA.  THERE WERE SMALL POCKETS OF EXTREME FIRE DANGER IN
NYE COUNTY IN NEVADA AS WELL.

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

AS OF MAY 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE REGION
WAS NORMAL THROUGH MAY. FOR JUNE THE FIRE POTENTIAL WAS FORECAST TO
INCREASE TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA ALONG WITH
WESTERN...NORTHERN AND FAR SOUTHERN NEVADA AND NEAR NORMAL
ELSEWHERE. FOR JULY AND AUGUST THE FIRE POTENTIAL WAS FORECAST ABOVE
NORMAL FOR MUCH OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA ALONG WITH WESTERN AND
NORTHERN NEVADA. FAR SOUTHERN NEVADA WAS TO INCREASE TO ABOVE
NORMAL. THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF NEVADA WERE FORECAST TO
REMAIN NEAR NORMAL WITH RESPECT TO FIRE POTENTIAL.

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

THE CENTRAL LYON COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IS ENCOURAGING
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 HAS BEGUN HIRING SEASONAL
FIREFIGHTERS EARLIER THAN EVER BEFORE FOR THIS SEASON.  THIS IS 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 HAS 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.

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.

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 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.  THESE SUPPLIES SHOULD MAKE ANY EXTRA WATER CONSERVATION
MEASURES IN THE RENO-SPARKS AREA UNNECESSARY FOR THE SUMMER. 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 MAY 13 2014...

STREAMFLOW IS EXPECTED TO BE WELL BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THIS SPRING DUE TO BELOW NORMAL WINTER PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL.

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON MAY 13...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 29
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 13 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF
225 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON MAY 13...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 1 CFS...OR
ABOUT 0.002 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 494 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON MAY 13...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA WERE
ABOUT 21 CFS OR 6 PERCENT OF THE 377 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
MAY 12 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS
FOLLOWS... /NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/.

LAKE TAHOE.....160300 AF...22 PCT OF CAPACITY..36 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG.
PROSSER RSVR....10552 AF...37 PCT OF CAPACITY..56 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG.
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 83695 AF...37 PCT OF CAPACITY..54 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG.
BOCA RSVR.......16277 AF...40 PCT OF CAPACITY..51 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG.

MAY 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...139 CFS... 93 PCT OF  149 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE......229 CFS... 46 PCT OF  499 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........785 CFS... 46 PCT OF 1700 CFS AVERAGE
RENO.........560 CFS... 39 PCT OF 1450 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........840 CFS... 49 PCT OF 1710 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH....327 CFS... 23 PCT OF 1410 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........340 CFS... 29 PCT OF 1160 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
MAY 13 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........  0.4 CFS... 1 PCT OF 27 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..    4 CFS...22 PCT OF 18 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MAY 13 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........368 CFS.. 34 PCT OF 1070 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON R NR GARDNERVILLE......365 CFS.. 32 PCT OF 1150 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON R AT WOODFORDS.........140 CFS.. 37 PCT OF  378 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............166 CFS.. 15 PCT OF 1100 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............ 60 CFS..  6 PCT OF 1010 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MAY 12 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 77763 AF...26 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 35 PERCENT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON MAY 13 WAS 496 CFS...57 PCT OF THE 871 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF MAY 13...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 8960 ACRE
FEET...21 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 37 PCT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 7460 AF...13 PCT OF CAPACITY...19 PCT OF THE
MAY 31 AVERAGE.

MAY 13 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  33 CFS.. 14 PCT OF 242 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 300 CFS.. 41 PCT OF 723 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR...... 215 CFS.. 36 PCT OF 591 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON.......... 194 CFS.. 44 PCT OF 443 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  30 CFS.. 13 PCT OF 234 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF 248 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MAY...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9520 ACRE
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 9 PCT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

MAY 13 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE
AS FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH.......... 44 CFS...... 18 PCT OF THE 246 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN......157 CFS...... 18 PCT OF THE 888 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE....168 CFS...... 18 PCT OF THE 928 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN .137 CFS...... 16 PCT OF THE 858 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS....... 98 CFS...... 13 PCT OF THE 737 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......0.6 CFS......  0 PCT OF THE 594 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..1.1 CFS......  0 PCT OF THE 681 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON MAY 13...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE 55
CFS...OR 42 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 130 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON MAY 13...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 17190 AF...24
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 33 PERCENT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
MAY 11 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 11086 THOUSAND AF...42 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY...AND 55 PERCENT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

ON MAY 13 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS 7500 CFS...29 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 26400 CFS
FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR
OVERTON NEVADA WAS 100 CFS...40 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE OF 250 CFS
FOR THIS DATE.  THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS AT 35
CFS...92 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE OF 38 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 JUNE THROUGH THROUGH AUGUST 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 NEVADA AND
EASTERN CALIFORNIA.

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

&&

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
REV.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV






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