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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...EXCERPT FROM PRODUCT RNODGTREV
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
1100 PM PDT MON MAY 25 2015

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA...

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

1/ NEVADA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...AS OF APRIL 8 2015...ALL
COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA ALONG THE NEVADA BORDER WERE DESIGNATED AS
PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE. IN NEVADA ALL COUNTIES EXCEPT WHITE PINE AND LINCOLN
WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DAMAGES AND
LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN
LINCOLN AND WHITE PINE COUNTIES ALSO QUALIFY FOR NATURAL DISASTER
ASSISTANCE AS THESE COUNTIES WERE DESIGNATED CONTIGUOUS NATURAL
DISASTER AREAS. FROM USDA.

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 MAY 19 2015...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 WHILE MOST OF EXTREME
EASTERN AND SOUTHEAST NEVADA WAS IN MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT.

THE AREA OF EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED ALL
OR PORTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

CARSON CITY...CHURCHILL...DOUGLAS...ELKO...ESMERALDA...EUREKA...
HUMBOLDT...LANDER...LYON...MINERAL...NYE...PERSHING...STOREY AND
WASHOE.

THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF DROUGHT...WHERE IT WAS CLASSIFIED AS
EXCEPTIONAL...ARE MUCH OF PERSHING AND MINERAL COUNTIES...A SMALL
PART OF WESTERN LANDER COUNTY...ALL OF STOREY COUNTY AND CARSON
CITY...ALONG WITH DOUGLAS AND LYON COUNTIES...THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF
WASHOE COUNTY IN NEVADA AND A SMALL PART OF ESMERALDA COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED MUCH OF
LINCOLN AND CLARK COUNTIES AND A SMALL PART OF NORTHEAST NYE COUNTY
WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS IN MODERATE DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 1/.

3/ SYNOPSIS... BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED
OVER MOST OF NEVADA SINCE OCTOBER 2011. SMALL PARTS OF EASTERN AND
WESTERN NEVADA HAVE EXPERIENCED NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DURING THIS TIME.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER 2014 PARTS OF NORTHWEST HUMBOLDT
COUNTY AND NORTHERN MINERAL COUNTY IN NEVADA HAVE RECEIVED SLIGHTLY
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA HAS BEEN BELOW
NORMAL SINCE OCTOBER 2014.

HIGH SNOW LEVELS DURING THE FEW STORMS THAT OCCURRED THIS PAST
WINTER COMBINED WITH AN EARLY SEASON MELT DUE TO VERY WARM
TEMPERATURES IN JANUARY THROUGH MARCH TO LEAVE THE SIERRA AND MUCH
OF NORTHERN NEVADA WITH A RECORD TO NEAR RECORD LOW SNOWPACK FOR
EARLY APRIL INTO EARLY MAY. THE LOW SNOWPACK HAS RESULTED IN RECORD
TO NEAR RECORD LOW RUNOFF SO FAR THIS SPRING.

FOLLOWING A DRY START TO MAY...THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH SAW A SHIFT
TO A COOLER AND WETTER PATTERN...BRINGING ABOVE AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION TO WESTERN AND NORTHERN NEVADA. SNOW ALSO FELL IN THE
HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF NORTHERN NEVADA. THIS INCREASED PRECIPITATION
WILL BRING A BRIEF PERIOD OF SHORT TERM RELIEF...BUT ITS DURATION
AND INTENSITY ARE LIKELY TO BE TOO MINIMAL TO PROVIDE ANY LONG TERM
RELIEF IN DROUGHT STRICKEN AREAS.

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

4/ DROUGHT IMPACTS...
THE WINTER OF 2014/15 WAS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT WINTER WITH BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. WHILE FALL 2014 AND EARLY
FEBRUARY 2015 BROUGHT SOME RELIEF...MUCH OF THE AREA HAS SEEN BELOW
AVERAGE PRECIPITATION SINCE OCTOBER 2011. 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.

THE AGRICULTURAL ACT OF 2014 ALLOWED LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO HAD
SUFFERED LOSSES AS FAR BACK AS OCTOBER OF 2011 TO APPLY FOR
ASSISTANCE. 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 COULD BE PAID FOR PAST DISASTERS. APPLICATIONS
HAD TO BE RECEIVED BY JAN 1, 2015. FROM LINCOLN, NE, JOURNAL STAR,
APRIL 17, 2014.

THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2015 ITS
LIVESTOCK FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO OFFSET GRAZING
LOSSES IN 2015...SIMILAR TO BENEFITS THAT WERE AVAILABLE FROM 2011
TO 2014. FROM FORT WORTH, TX, STAR-TELEGRAM, MAR 26, 2015.

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

B/ AGRICULTURE...
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. THIS WILL BE TRUE AGAIN FOR MANY AREAS IN THE 2015
IRRIGATION SEASON.

HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
NO DELIVERIES WERE 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.

IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION
DISTRICT IN EARLY APRIL...IT WAS LEARNED THAT THE DISTRICT IS NOT
CURRENTLY PLANNING ANY DELIVERIES BELOW RYE PATCH RESERVOIR FOR THE
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON.

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
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON WERE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 15 2015. 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 3 PERCENT ON THE EAST WALKER
RIVER AND 4 PERCENT ON THE WEST WALKER RIVER. THE WALKER RIVER
IRRIGATION DISTRICT ONCE AGAIN ENCOURAGED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS TO
TAKE THEIR WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE RATHER THAN WAIT LATER IN THE
SEASON. THERE WAS CONCERN THAT THE STORAGE ALLOCATIONS COULD
EVAPORATE IN THE RESERVOIRS BEFORE BEING SERVED. THE ALLOCATION
FIGURES DEAL ONLY WITH STORAGE WATER RIGHTS. SURFACE RIGHTS ARE
COVERED UNDER THE C-125 FEDERAL COURT DECREE AND ARE BASED ON THE
PRIORITY OF THE WATER RIGHTS. RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MARCH 16,
2015.

IN EARLY FEBRUARY THE NEVADA STATE ENGINEER ISSUED AN ORDER THAT
REQUIRES A 50 PERCENT MANDATORY REDUCTION OF SUPPLEMENTAL GROUND
WATER PUMPING FOR THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON IN THE SMITH AND MASON
VALLEYS OF THE WALKER RIVER BASIN. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ORDER ARE
TO PROTECT EXISTING WATER RIGHTS AND WELLS...PROTECT THE PHYSICAL
INTEGRITY OF THE AQUIFER AND TO PROTECT THE LONG TERM WATER SUPPLY.
FROM THISISRENO.COM, FEB 4, 2015.

IN EARLY APRIL A TEMPORARY INJUNCTION WAS ISSUED TO THE CURTAILMENT
ORDER. FROM RENO, NV. GAZETTE-JOURNAL, APRIL 3, 2015.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY APRIL 2015 THE TCID BROAD OF DIRECTORS SET THE ALLOCATION
FOR THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON AT 20 PERCENT. THE BOARD WILL REVISIT
THESE ALLOCATIONS ONCE THE IRRIGATION SEASON COMMENCES TO SEE IF
FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE NEEDED. FROM TCID E-MAIL COMMUNICATION.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
LAKE TAHOE DROPPED BELOW ITS NATURAL RIM LATE ON OCTOBER 15, 2014
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2009. THIS MEANT ONLY A SMALL TRICKLE OF
WATER WAS ESCAPING LAKE TAHOE AND BY OCTOBER 17 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.

AS OF APRIL 16, 2015 DISCHARGES FROM PROSSER AND BOCA RESERVOIRS
WERE CUT ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER. THIS RESULTED IN FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE
BELOW THE RESERVOIRS DROPPING BY ROUGHLY 50 PERCENT...BELOW THE
FLORISTON RATES FOR THE SYSTEM.

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

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...
AS OF MAY 24 2015...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE OVER
ALL OF NEVADA. THIS IS A REFLECTION OF RECENT COOL RAINY WEATHER
THAT HAS AFFECTED THE REGION DURING THE MIDDLE OF MAY. FIRE DANGER
CLASSIFICATION IS UPDATED DAILY.

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

AS OF MAY 1 2015...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE REGION
WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEVADA DURING THE MONTHS OF
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST. FOR WESTERN NEVADA THE WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL
IS FORECAST TO INCREASE TO ABOVE NORMAL DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE.
THIS ABOVE NORMAL FIRE POTENTIAL IS FORECAST TO SPREAD INTO NORTHERN
NEVADA DURING THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST.

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

NEVADA GOV BRIAN SANDOVAL WAS BRIEFED IN MID MAY BY STATE AND
FEDERAL FIRE OFFICIALS THAT DROUGHT CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO LARGE
SIMULTANEOUS FIRES IN THE WESTERN STATES THIS SUMMER...HEAVILY
TAXING THE FIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL,
MAY 15, 2015.

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

THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE ONCE AGAIN PROMPTED NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TO RESTOCK THE TRUCKEE RIVER EARLY IN 2015.
AROUND 7000 RAINBOW TROUT WERE SCHEDULED TO BE PLANTED IN THE
TRUCKEE RIVER IN THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY. ADDITIONAL STOCKING WAS TO
TAKE PLACE IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER, TOPAZ LAKE, MARLETTE LAKE, SPOONER
LAKE, HOBART LAKE AND URBAN PONDS AROUND THE RENO-CARSON CITY AREA
BETWEEN LATE MARCH AND OCTOBER. THIS MARKS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND ANTICIPATED LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE HAVE
PROMPTED EARLY STOCKING OF THE RIVER. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-
JOURNAL, FEB 12, 2015.

SEE THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE WEBSITE /HTTP://WWW.NDOW.ORG/
FOR FISHING CONDITION INFORMATION IN NEVADA.

E/ VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE...
DROUGHT CONDITIONS RESULTED IN BEARS MOVING INTO MORE URBANIZED
AREAS DURING 2014 IN SEARCH OF FOOD.

AS OF EARLY NOVEMBER 2014 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 FROM 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.

THE DRY CONDITIONS ALSO AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF DUCKS STOPPING OVER
DURING THEIR MIGRATION THIS FALL. THE LACK OF WATER IN AREAS WHERE
THE DUCKS WOULD NORMALLY STOP RESULTED IN A LESSENING OF THE NUMBER
OF DUCKS AND A DECREASE IN HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES. FROM RENO, NV,
GAZETTE-JOURNAL, OCT 29, 2014.

IN MAY 2015 THE NEVADA BOARD OF WILDLIFE COMMISSIONERS SET BIG GAME
TAG LIMITS FOR THE 2015 HUNTING SEASON. THE ONGOING DROUGHT
CONDITIONS HAVE PROMPTED AN OVERALL REDUCTION FOR MULE DEER AND
CALIFORNIA BIGHORN SHEEP. SOME UNITS SAW A REDUCTION IN PRONGHORN
TAGS AS WELL...BUT STATEWIDE QUOTAS FOR PRONGHORN ROSE. STATEWIDE
QUOTAS FOR ELK AND DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP WERE UP AS WELL. FROM ELKO,
NV, DAILY FREE PRESS, MAY 21, 2015.

F/ GROUND WATER...
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...HAS ONCE AGAIN ASKED ITS CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARILY
REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT FROM 2014`S LEVELS. DECREASED
WATER SUPPLY IS EXPECTED TO LEAD TMWA TO BEGIN USING ITS BACKUP
DROUGHT SUPPLIES AND INCREASED GROUND WATER PUMPING TO SATISFY WATER
NEEDS FOR THE COMING SUMMER. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAR 19,
2015.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TMWA ANNOUNCED IN MID MAY THAT DROUGHT RESERVES WILL
LIKELY NEED TO BE TAPPED BY THE MIDDLE OF JUNE IF NOT EARLIER THIS
YEAR...WHEN FLOW IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER WILL NO LONGER BE SUFFICIENT
TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE RENO-SPARKS AREA. RAINS IN MID MAY HAVE
KEPT THE RIVER SUFFICIENTLY HIGH TO LIMIT THE NEED TO TAP THESE
RESERVES EVEN EARLIER. THE SPOKESMAN NOTED WITHOUT THE RECENT RAIN
IN MAY TMWA WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO TAP THESE RESERVES AS EARLY AS THE
FIRST OF JUNE. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAY 21, 2015.

SEE WWW.TMWA.COM/CONSERVATION FOR DETAILS.

LAS VEGAS...
BOTH THE SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY /SNWA/ AND THE LAS VEGAS
VALLEY WATER DISTRICT /LVVWD/ ENACTED SUMMER WATERING RESTRICTIONS
MAY 1ST. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED ANY DAY OF THE WEEK BUT ONLY
DURING THE HOURS OF 7 PM TO 11 AM. NO WATERING IS ALLOWED FROM
LATE MORNING TO EARLY EVENING. THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN
EFFECT THROUGH AUGUST 31. SEE WWW.SNWA.COM OR WWW.LVVWD.COM FOR DETAILS.

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 IN 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 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.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS... ON JANUARY 19, 2015 THE TAHOE
DONNER CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA ANNOUNCED IT WOULD TEMPORARILY CLOSE
BECAUSE OF LIMITED SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS. THE SKI AREA PLANS TO
REOPEN WHEN A GREATER SNOWPACK ALLOWS. FROM TAHOE CITY, CA, TRIBUNE,
JAN 19, 2015.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF MAY 24 2015...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON MAY 24...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 25 CUBIC
FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 11 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 218 CFS FOR
THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON MAY 24...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 840 CFS...OR
ABOUT 195 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 433 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON MAY 24...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 13 CFS OR 5 PERCENT OF THE 272 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR
THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
MAY 24 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 MAY 31 AVG
PROSSER RSVR.... 7577 AF...26 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 40 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 39783 AF...18 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 25 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG
BOCA RSVR....... 6023 AF...15 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 19 PCT OF MAY 31 AVG

NOTE: LAKE TAHOE IS SHOWN AS 0 PCT DUE TO ITS REMAINING BELOW ITS NATURAL
RIM AND NOT ALLOWING ANY WATER TO FLOW OUT OF THE LAKE

MAY 24 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE TRUCKEE
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS... /NOTE...CFS IS ABBREVIATION FOR CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND/

TAHOE CITY...  FLOW WAS UNAVAILABLE
TRUCKEE...... 60 CFS...   12 PCT OF  514 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........325 CFS...   20 PCT OF 1660 CFS AVERAGE
RENO.........220 CFS...   15 PCT OF 1430 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........460 CFS...   28 PCT OF 1640 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH....210 CFS...   14 PCT OF 1450 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........205 CFS...   16 PCT OF 1290 CFS AVERAGE

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

AT STEAMBOAT..........   5 CFS... 16 PCT OF  32 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  12 CFS... 50 PCT OF  24 CFS AVERAGE

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

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........340 CFS.. 27 PCT OF 1280 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........290 CFS.. 22 PCT OF 1330 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 62 CFS.. 16 PCT OF  382 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............140 CFS.. 10 PCT OF 1360 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............ 54 CFS..  4 PCT OF 1250 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MAY 24 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 45907 ACRE FEET...16 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 21 PERCENT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON MAY 24 WAS 700 CFS...75 PCT OF THE 939 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF MAY 24...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 5360 ACRE
FEET...12 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 22 PCT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 8530 AF...14 PCT OF CAPACITY...21 PCT OF THE
MAY 31 AVERAGE.

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

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  12 CFS..  4 PCT OF 271 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 300 CFS.. 31 PCT OF 971 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR...... 215 CFS.. 31 PCT OF 685 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON.......... 155 CFS.. 27 PCT OF 574 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  32 CFS.. 10 PCT OF 328 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ WAS UNAVAILABLE

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MAY...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 9616 ACRE
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 9 PCT OF THE APRIL 30 AVERAGE.

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

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........190 CFS......  75 PCT OF THE  255 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN.......170 CFS......  15 PCT OF THE 1170 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.....252 CFS......  22 PCT OF THE 1170 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..200 CFS......  19 PCT OF THE 1030 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS....... 103 CFS......  13 PCT OF THE  795 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......  15 CFS......   2 PCT OF THE  624 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..0.15 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE  567 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON MAY 24...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE
ABOUT 260 CFS OR 141 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 185 CFS FOR THIS
DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON MAY 24...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 15360 AF...21
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 30 PERCENT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
MAY 24 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 9719 THOUSAND AF...37 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY...AND 49 PERCENT OF THE MAY 31 AVERAGE.

ON MAY 24 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 12000 CFS...39 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF
30400 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE MAY 24 FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE
LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS 98 CFS...55 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 177 CFS
FOR THIS DATE. THE MAY 24 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE
NEVADA WAS 34 CFS...94 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 36 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 AUGUST IS FOR ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS
FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHEAST NEVADA. THE
REMAINDER OF NEVADA IS FORECAST TO HAVE EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

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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