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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...EXCERPT FROM PRODUCT RNODGTREV
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELKO NV
200 PM PDT THU AUG 21 2015

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA...

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

...ADDITIONAL MINOR IMPROVEMENTS FOR EASTERN AND FAR NORTHERN
NEVADA...

1/ NEVADA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...AS OF APRIL 8 2015...ALL
NEVADA COUNTIES EXCEPT WHITE PINE AND LINCOLN WERE DESIGNATED AS
PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT 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 AUGUST 11 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 CATEGORIZED AS ABNORMALLY DRY TO
SEVERE DROUGHT.

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

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

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

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED NORTHEAST AND
CENTRAL ELKO COUNTY WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS ABNORMALLY DRY OR IN
MODERATE DROUGHT ALONG WITH MUCH OF LINCOLN AND CLARK COUNTIES AND A
SMALL PART OF NORTHEAST NYE COUNTY WHICH WERE ALSO CLASSIFIED AS IN
MODERATE DROUGHT. FAR SOUTHERN CLARK COUNTY WAS CLASSIFIED AS
ABNORMALLY DRY.

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. SMALL PARTS OF FAR NORTHWEST NEVADA
ARE ALSO NEAR AVERAGE DURING THIS TIME FRAME.

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER 2014 PARTS OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY...
ALONG WITH ALL OF PERSHING...CHURCHILL AND MINERAL COUNTIES HAVE
RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. MUCH OF LASSEN COUNTY...CENTRAL
WASHOE COUNTY...EASTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY...MOST OF LYON AND ESMERALDA
COUNTIES...FAR NORTHERN MONO COUNTY AND SOUTHEAST ALPINE HAVE ALSO
RECEIVED ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION. IN EASTERN NEVADA CENTRAL AND
NORTHEAST ELKO COUNTY...A SMALL PART OF LINCOLN COUNTY AND SOUTHERN
NYE COUNTY HAVE ALL RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

MUCH OF THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THESE AREAS HAS OCCURRED
SINCE MAY 2015 IN THUNDERSTORMS AS A VERY ACTIVE MONSOON DEVELOPED
AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF JULY. WHILE THIS ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AIDED RANGE CONDITIONS IN MANY AREAS...IMPROVING
GRAZING CONDITIONS BEYOND THOSE SEEN IN 2014...THE COPIOUS AMOUNTS
OF RAIN DID LITTLE TO ALLEVIATE POOR WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS IN
AREAS THAT RELY ON RUN OFF FROM WINTER SNOWS. THUS...SHORT TERM
IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN SEEN IN SOME AREAS...BUT LONG TERM IMPACTS
FROM THREE PREVIOUS DRY YEARS REMAIN.

/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 ALONG WITH CONVECTIVE RAINS FROM A
VERY ACTIVE MONSOON PATTERN IN JUNE AND JULY 2015...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...
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...
SUMMER 2015 MARKED THE THIRD IRRIGATION SEASON IN A ROW WHEN MANY
FARMERS DID NOT RECEIVE A FULL ALLOCATION OF WATER.  THIS WAS
ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE LOWER HUMBOLDT BASIN AND THE CARSON BASIN
BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR.

HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE FOR 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 WAS NOT
CURRENTLY PLANNING ANY DELIVERIES BELOW RYE PATCH RESERVOIR FOR THE
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON. IN A FOLLOW UP CONVERSATION LATER IN JULY
THIS PLAN WAS CONFIRMED AND NO WATER DELIVERIES WERE MADE BELOW RYE
PATCH RESERVOIR DURING 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...
RAIN IN MAY...JUNE AND JULY ALLOWED LESS WATER TO BE TAKEN BY
IRRIGATORS IN THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE CARSON BASIN...BUT THIS WAS
JUST A TEMPORARY SITUATION ACCORDING TO THE TRUCKEE-CARSON
WATERMASTER.

IN EARLY APRIL 2015 THE TCID BROAD OF DIRECTORS SET THE ALLOCATION
FOR THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON AT 20 PERCENT BELOW LAHONTAN
RESERVOIR. THE BOARD WILL REVISIT THESE ALLOCATIONS ONCE THE
IRRIGATION SEASON COMMENCES TO SEE IF FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ARE
NEEDED. FROM TCID E-MAIL COMMUNICATION. IN E-MAIL COMMUNICATION IT
WAS LEARNED THAT DELIVERIES WERE 21 PERCENT OF NORMAL ALLOTMENTS
BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR THIS IRRIGATION SEASON BEFORE BEING STOPPED
ON JULY 7, 2015. CONVECTIVE RAINS IN THE LOWER CARSON BASIN DID MAKE
IT POSSIBLE FOR SOME FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO GROW A SECOND ALFALFA
CROP THIS SEASON.

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.

SUSAN RIVER BASIN...
IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE HONEY LAKE WATERMASTER IN EARLY APRIL
2015 IT WAS LEARNED THAT STORAGE WAS ROUGHLY 26 PERCENT IN THE UPPER
SUSAN RIVER AND THERE WAS JUST A SMALL AMOUNT OF FLOW IN THE LOWER
RIVER. MOUNTAIN WATER STORES...WHICH ARE NORMALLY BROUGHT INTO USE
IN JUNE...MAY HAVE HAD TO BE USED IN MAY IN 2015. AFTER THAT SUPPLY
WAS USED FARMERS AND RANCHERS WOULD NEED TO USE STOCK WATER.

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.

LAKE MEAD FELL TO A NEW RECORD LOW ON JUNE 23, 2015. THE LAKE FELL
BELOW THE LEVEL THAT WOULD TRIGGER A WATER SUPPLY SHORTAGE IF THE
RESERVOIR DOES NOT RECOVER SOON. WATER MANAGERS EXPECT THE LAKE`S
LEVEL TO INCREASE ENOUGH TO WARD OFF A 2016 SHORTAGE DUE TO A WETTER
THAN EXPECTED SPRING IN THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE BASIN. FROM
PALM SPRINGS, CA, DESERT SUN, JUNE 24, 2015.

C/ FIRE DANGER...
AS OF AUGUST 15 2015...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS MODERATE TO HIGH
OVER MUCH OF NEVADA. SMALL POCKETS OF VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER WAS
NOTED IN EASTERN AND NORTHERN NEVADA...AND FAR WESTERN NEVADA.

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

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.

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.

AS OF EARLY JULY...LOCAL FISHERMEN AND THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF
WILDLIFE HAD REPORTED TROUT DYING IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER DUE TO LOW WATER
LEVELS AND HIGH WATER TEMPERATURES. LOCAL FISHERMEN WERE CALLING FOR
A VOLUNTARY CLOSURE OF THE RIVER TO FISHING TO HELP SAVE THE FISHERY.
THIS VOLUNTARY CLOSURE WOULD INCLUDE CATCH AND RELEASE ACTIVITIES AS
WELL.

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 HAD 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 LAST 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...

THE CARSON WATER SUB-CONSERVANCY DISTRICT REPORTED MANY FARMS IN THE
CARSON RIVER WATERSHED WERE PLANNING MORE GROUND WATER PUMPING DURING
THE 2015 IRRIGATION SEASON. THE PERSHING COUNTY WATER CONSERVATION
DISTRICT IN MAY 2015 RELAYED THAT PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR WELLS
ACROSS NORTHERN NEVADA HAD INCREASED. THIS AREA INCLUDED THE UPPER
HUMBOLDT BASIN.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...
RENO/SPARKS...
THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/...SERVING THE RENO AND
SPARKS NV AREA...ASKED ITS CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE THEIR
WATER USAGE BY 10 PERCENT FROM 2014`S LEVELS. DECREASED WATER SUPPLY
WAS EXPECTED TO LEAD TO TMWA USING ITS BACKUP DROUGHT SUPPLIES AND
INCREASED GROUND WATER PUMPING TO SATISFY WATER NEEDS DURING THE
SUMMER OF 2015. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, MAR 19, 2015.

TMWA ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 23 THAT IT HAD STARTED USING ITS DROUGHT
RESERVES. TMWA`S PROJECTIONS SHOWED THAT THE 10 PERCENT REDUCTION
THEY ASKED CUSTOMERS TO MAKE WOULD ALLOW TMWA TO RETAIN 5000 ACRE
FEET OF WATER IN ITS UPSTREAM DROUGHT RESERVE RESERVOIRS. THIS WOULD
HELP TMWA MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT RESERVES FOR NEXT YEAR IF THE DROUGHT
CONTINUES. FROM MYNEWS4.COM AND KRNV TV, RENO, NV, JUNE 23, 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 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.

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... THE LOWER LEVELS OF LAKE MEAD
IN SOUTHERN NEVADA HAS LED TO AN INCREASE IN TOURISM AS LONG
SUBMERGED FEATURES...SUCH AS A GHOST TOWN AND A B-29 BOMBER...ARE
SLOWLY BEING REVEALED. THIS HAS INCREASED RECREATIONAL DIVING ON THE
LAKE. FROM LOS ANGELES, CA, TIMES, JUL 6, 2015.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF AUGUST 17 2015...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON AUGUST 17...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT 9
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 31 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF
29 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON AUGUST 17...FLOWS ON THE PIT RIVER NEAR CANBY WERE ABOUT 3 CFS OR
7 PERCENT OF THE 41 CFS AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON AUGUST 17...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 12 CFS OR 50 PERCENT OF THE 24 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR THIS
DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
AUGUST 17 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 AUGUST 31 AVG
PROSSER RSVR.... 7750 AF...27 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 44 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 31704 AF...14 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 22 PCT OF AUGUST 31 AVG
BOCA RSVR....... 6619 AF...16 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 24 PCT OF AUGUST 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

AUGUST 17 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......  FLOW WAS UNAVAILABLE
FARAD........101 CFS...   19 PCT OF  515 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 35 CFS...   13 PCT OF  265 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........ 75 CFS...   21 PCT OF  353 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH.... 37 CFS...   18 PCT OF  207 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 38 CFS...   22 PCT OF  176 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
AUGUST 17 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........   0 CFS...  0 PCT OF   9 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/.. 1.7 CFS... 36 PCT OF 1.7 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
AUGUST 17 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........ 43 CFS.. 33 PCT OF  129 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........ 56 CFS.. 40 PCT OF  139 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS...........  8 CFS.. 16 PCT OF   49 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............  5 CFS..  9 PCT OF   54 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............0.2 CFS..0.1 PCT OF   29 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
AUGUST 17 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 5928 ACRE FEET...2 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 4 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON AUGUST 17 WAS 0.5 CFS...0 PCT OF THE 793 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF AUGUST 17...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 3890 ACRE
FEET...9 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 21 PCT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 3350 AF...6 PCT OF CAPACITY...8 PCT OF THE
AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

AUGUST 17 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  30 CFS.. 13 PCT OF 231 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  32 CFS.. 24 PCT OF 132 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  40 CFS.. 14 PCT OF 285 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  44 CFS.. 15 PCT OF 286 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  14 CFS.. 18 PCT OF  78 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS..  0 PCT OF  37 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY AUGUST...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 10584 ACRE
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 9 PCT OF THE JULY 31 AVERAGE.

AUGUST 17 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........  0 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE    3 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 19 CFS......  49 PCT OF THE   39 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE..... 34 CFS......  68 PCT OF THE   50 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..  0 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE   38 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS....... 0.2 CFS...... 0.3 PCT OF THE   59 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   0 CFS......   0 PCT OF THE   96 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM.. 0.5 CFS...... 0.1 PCT OF THE  277 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON AUGUST 17...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE
ABOUT 8.5 CFS OR 141 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 6 CFS FOR THIS
DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON AUGUST 17...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 11330 AF...16
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 33 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
AUGUST 16 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 9866 THOUSAND AF...38 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...AND 50 PERCENT OF THE AUGUST 31 AVERAGE.

ON AUGUST 17 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 13000 CFS...93 PCT OF THE AVERAGE
OF 13900 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE AUGUST 17 FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER
ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS 118 CFS...337 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF
35 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE AUGUST 17 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR
GLENDALE NEVADA WAS 37 CFS...70 PCT OF THE AVERAGE OF 53 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 SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER IS FOR
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA. THE PRECIPITATION
OUTLOOK IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHERN...EASTERN
AND NORTHEAST NEVADA GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM BISHOP
TO ELKO. FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST NEVADA THE FORECAST IS FOR
EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

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

&&

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
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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