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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
330 PM PDT THU MAR 24 2016

...DROUGHT STATEMENT FOR NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...

...SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAIN IN PARTS
OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA...

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE IMPROVING IN EASTERN AND NORTHERN
NEVADA AND FAR NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...

1/ NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS...

AS OF MARCH 16 2016...ALL COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA ALONG THE NEVADA
BORDER WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS BY
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA
WERE DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS DUE TO
DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS: LANDER...
HUMBOLDT...WASHOE... PERSHING...CHURCHILL...STOREY...CARSON
CITY...DOUGLAS...LYON...MINERAL... ESMERALDA...NYE AND CLARK.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEVADA WERE DESIGNATED AS CONTIGUOUS
NATURAL DROUGHT DISASTER AREAS: ELKO...WHITE PINE...EUREKA AND
LINCOLN. 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 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
TO MITIGATE DROUGHT IMPACTS THROUGH THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN.

AS OF MARCH 15, 2016...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST OF
WESTERN NEVADA AND A SMALL PART OF CENTRAL NEVADA ALONG WITH EASTERN
CALIFORNIA AS IN SEVERE DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR
GREATER WHILE MOST OF EASTERN...NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST NEVADA AND
FAR SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA WAS CATEGORIZED AS ABNORMALLY DRY TO
MODERATE DROUGHT. PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEVADA ARE DESIGNATED AS
NOT HAVING ANY DROUGHT CATEGORY.

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 INCLUDED A SMALL PART OF WESTERN ESMERALDA COUNTY AND A
SMALL PART OF SOUTHWEST MINERAL COUNTY IN NEVADA.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED MUCH OF ELKO
COUNTY...WHITE PINE COUNTY...MUCH OF LINCOLN COUNTY...MOST OF EUREKA
COUNTY...NORTHEAST NYE COUNTY...AND NORTHEAST AND FAR SOUTHERN CLARK
COUNTY WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS ABNORMALLY DRY OR AS HAVING NO
DROUGHT. HUMBOLDT COUNTY...WESTERN EUREKA COUNTY...EASTERN LANDER
COUNTY...MUCH OF CENTRAL NYE COUNTY...WESTERN LINCOLN COUNTY AND
CENTRAL AND WESTERN CLARK COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS HAVING MODERATE
TO SEVERE DROUGHT.

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM LASSEN COUNTY SOUTH TO
WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
/DROUGHT LEVEL 4/ INCLUDED SOUTHERN MONO COUNTY AND FAR NORTHERN AND
WESTERN INYO COUNTY. CENTRAL INYO COUNTY AND WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO
COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS HAVING EXTREME DROUGHT. THE FAR EASTERN
PORTIONS OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY...MODOC COUNTY...NORTHERN AND
WESTERN LASSEN COUNTY WERE CLASSIFIED AS HAVING MODERATE TO SEVERE
DROUGHT.

3/ SYNOPSIS...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OCCURRED OVER MOST OF EASTERN CALIFORNIA
AND NEVADA FROM OCTOBER 2011 THROUGH EARLY IN 2015. SINCE MAY OF
2015 MUCH OF THIS REGION HAS SEEN ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...
ESPECIALLY IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEVADA AND SMALL PARTS OF WESTERN
NEVADA WHERE PRECIPITATION OF 150 PERCENT OF AVERAGE HAS BEEN NOTED.

MUCH OF THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THESE AREAS OCCURRED 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 SNOW. THUS...SHORT TERM IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN SEEN
IN SOME AREAS...BUT LONG TERM IMPACTS FROM THREE PREVIOUS DRY YEARS
REMAIN.

SINCE THE START OF THE WATER YEAR IN OCTOBER 2015 ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA WITH THE EXCEPTION
OF PARTS OF MONO...INYO AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA
AND SMALL PARTS OF EASTERN ELKO COUNTY AND CLARK COUNTY IN NEVADA.
THIS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FELL FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY THROUGH THE
FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE WATER YEAR...BUT FEBRUARY REVERTED BACK TO
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. ADDITIONAL STORMS
IN THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH BROUGHT ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION BACK
TO THE SIERRA...NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA. MOST
OF THE REMAINDER OF NEVADA SAW NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN
MARCH. THE EARLY PRECIPITATION PRODUCED MOUNTAIN SNOWS THAT BOOSTED
THE SNOW PACK IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEVADA AND THE SIERRA TO
GREATER THAN 100 PERCENT OF AVERAGE THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY WHILE
VALLEY SNOW AND RAIN AIDED SOIL MOISTURE. THE DRY CONDITIONS IN
FEBRUARY RESULTED IN A LESSENING OF THE MOUNTAIN SNOW PACK WITH
RESPECT TO AVERAGE...BUT IT STILL STANDS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE
AVERAGE IN MANY BASINS. THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND SNOW PACK
HAS RESULTED IN A LESSENING OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS
EASTERN...CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEVADA.

/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 AND ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION SINCE THE START OF OCTOBER 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 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 DROUGHT DISASTER DESIGNATIONS 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 EITHER THE 2014 OR 2015 IRRIGATION
SEASONS 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
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 UNTIL 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.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...

IN EARLY MARCH 2016 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE TRUCKEE-CARSON
WATER DISTRICT SET THE 2016 MINIMUM ALLOCATION AT 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL DEMAND FOR THE NEWLANDS FEDERAL RECLAMATION PROJECT. WATER
DELIVERY WAS SET TO COMMENCE ON MARCH 21, 2016.

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, 2014 VIRTUALLY NO
FLOW WAS LEAVING LAKE TAHOE.

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.

C/ FIRE DANGER...

AS OF MARCH 17, 2016...FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS LOW TO MODERATE FOR
MUCH OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. PORTIONS OF FAR EASTERN
NEVADA FROM ELKO COUNTY SOUTH INTO CLARK COUNTY WERE RATED AS HIGH
TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER.

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

AS OF MARCH 1, 2016...THE NIFC SIGNIFICANT WILDLAND FIRE POTENTIAL
FORECAST FOR THE REGION WAS NORMAL FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN
CALIFORNIA THROUGH JUNE.

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

D/ FISHERIES...

IN LATE JANUARY 2016 A GOLDEN ALGAE BLOOM DEVELOPED ON RYE PATCH
RESERVOIR IN PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA. THIS BLOOM WAS BELIEVED TO BE
DROUGHT RELATED AND THOUGHT TO HAVE OCCURRED PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN LARGELY STAGNANT FOR THREE YEARS WITH NO FRESH
WATER FLOWING IN FROM THE HUMBOLDT RIVER COMBINED WITH ELEVATED
MINERAL CONTENT...LOW LEVELS OF NUTRIENTS AND COLD TEMPERATURES.
NEVADA STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FEARED ALL OF THE FISH IN THE
RESERVOIR HAD BEEN KILLED BY THE ALGAE BLOOM BUT WOULD NOT KNOW FOR
SURE UNTIL SPRING ARRIVED. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JAN 25,
2016,

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.WILDLIFE.CA.GOV/.

IN SOUTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY...MOUNTAIN MEADOWS RESERVOIR WATER LEVELS
DROPPED BELOW THE LEVEL WHICH COULD SUSTAIN FISH IN THE RESERVOIR AND
MANY DIED IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2015. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE, SEP 24, 2015.

E/ VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE...

PROLONGED DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND PESTS HAVE BEEN NAMED...ALONG WITH
OTHER FACTORS...AS A REASON THE CITY OF RENO WAS RAPIDLY LOSING MANY
OF ITS TREES. A TREE INVENTORY PROJECT SHOWED THAT RENO WAS LOSING
TREES AT A RATE OF 235 PER YEAR ON ITS PUBLIC LANDS. FROM LAS VEGAS,
NV, SUN, OCT 2, 2015.

F/ GROUND WATER...

SCIENTISTS FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAVE BEGUN A STUDY OF
WATERSHEDS IN 6 WESTERN STATES IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN INSIGHTS THAT
COULD HELP RESOURCE MANAGERS BETTER ALLOCATE SCARCE WATER SUPPLIES
DURING FUTURE DROUGHTS. NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA ARE INCLUDED IN THIS
STUDY OF NEARLY 500 STREAMS IN THE WESTERN U.S. ONE OF THE KEY GOALS
OF THE STUDY IS TO DETERMINE WHICH BASINS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO LOW
SNOWPACK AND WHICH BASINS HAVE THE KIND OF GEOLOGY THAT CAN MITIGATE
A LACK OF SNOWPACK WITH GROUNDWATER. FROM SACRAMENTO, CA, BEE,
SEP 10, 2015.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...

RENO/SPARKS...

THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/...SERVING THE RENO AND
SPARKS NV AREA...ASKED ITS CUSTOMERS IN THE SPRING OF 2015 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, 2015 IT 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 SPRING WATERING RESTRICTIONS
MARCH 1ST. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED ON ONLY THREE ASSIGNED DAYS
PER WEEK. NO WATERING IS ALLOWED ON SUNDAY. THESE RESTRICTIONS
REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH APRIL 30TH. SEE WWW.SNWA.COM OR
WWW.LVVWD.COM FOR DETAILS.

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...

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER OF 2014/2015 NUMEROUS SKI AREAS WERE IMPACTED
BY THE LACK OF NATURAL SNOW.

A FEW SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED IN JANUARY 2015 DUE TO LACK OF
SNOW INCLUDING THE TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY AREA AND HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN
RESORT. NUMEROUS OTHER SKI AREAS IN THE SIERRA CLOSED BY THE MIDDLE
OF MARCH 2015 DUE TO LACK OF SNOW. THESE INCLUDED: SIERRA-AT-TAHOE...
SUGAR BOWL...DONNER SKI RANCH...SODA SPRINGS AND JUNE MOUNTAIN.
TAKEN FROM MULTIPLE NEWS REPORTS AND WEB SITES.

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

AS OF MID NOVEMBER 2015...EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL HAD ALLOWED MOST SKI
RESORTS IN THE SIERRA TO OPEN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF MARCH 23, 2016...

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT
355 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 228 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW
OF 156 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE PIT RIVER NEAR CANBY WERE ABOUT 630 CFS
OR 196 PERCENT OF THE 322 CFS AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR PORTOLA
WERE ABOUT 605 CFS OR 114 PERCENT OF THE 532 CFS AVERAGE FLOW FOR THIS
DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
MARCH 23 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 MARCH 31 AVG
PROSSER RSVR.... 9461 AF...33 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 92 PCT OF MARCH 31 AVG
STAMPEDE RSVR...57487 AF...25 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 38 PCT OF MARCH 31 AVG
BOCA RSVR.......21442 AF...52 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 92 PCT OF MARCH 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

MARCH 23 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... 1.6 CFS...  0.1 PCT OF  200 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE...... 212 CFS...   82 PCT OF  259 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........1020 CFS...  130 PCT OF  787 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 970 CFS...  111 PCT OF  875 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........1100 CFS...  115 PCT OF  958 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH.... 840 CFS...   94 PCT OF  891 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 835 CFS...  123 PCT OF  680 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
MARCH 23 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT.......... 4.0 CFS... 17 PCT OF 24 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/.. 6.8 CFS... 62 PCT OF 11 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MARCH 23 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE... 400 CFS... 130 PCT OF  307 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE... 415 CFS... 128 PCT OF  323 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS...... 140 CFS... 161 PCT OF   87 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY........ 673 CFS... 166 PCT OF  406 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL....... 657 CFS... 164 PCT OF  400 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
MARCH 23 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 77763 ACRE FEET...26 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 39 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON MARCH 23 WAS 560 CFS...222 PCT OF THE 252 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF MARCH 23...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 13610 ACRE
FEET...32 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 49 PCT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 17850 AF...30 PCT OF CAPACITY...AND 45 PCT OF THE
MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

MARCH 23 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  38 CFS... 38 PCT OF 100 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR...... 170 CFS...128 PCT OF 133 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  68 CFS... 75 PCT OF  91 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON.......... 100 CFS... 51 PCT OF 196 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............  20 CFS... 14 PCT OF 148 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS...  0 PCT OF 131 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MARCH...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 10896 ACRE
FEET...6 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 13 PCT OF THE FEBRUARY 28 AVERAGE.

MARCH 23 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE AS
FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........   87 CFS...... 105 PCT OF THE  83 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN.......  542 CFS...... 104 PCT OF THE 522 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE.....  670 CFS...... 108 PCT OF THE 620 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..  630 CFS...... 110 PCT OF THE 573 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......   600 CFS...... 107 PCT OF THE 561 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   476 CFS...... 117 PCT OF THE 408 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM..  0.50 CFS...... 0.2 PCT OF THE 179 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE
33 CFS...OR 157 PCT OF THE 21 CFS AVG FLOW FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON MARCH 23...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 22240 AF...
31 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 57 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
MARCH 23 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10151 THOUSAND AF...39 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY...AND 50 PERCENT OF THE MARCH 31 AVERAGE.

ON MARCH 23 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 12000 CFS...107 PCT OF THE AVERAGE
OF 11200 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE MARCH 23 FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER
ABOVE LAKE MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS APPROXIMATELY 140 CFS...86 PCT OF
THE AVERAGE OF 163 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE MARCH 23 FLOW ON THE MUDDY
RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS APPROXIMATELY 42 CFS...95 PCT OF
THE AVERAGE OF 44 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 APRIL THROUGH JUNE IS FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN
CALIFORNIA.

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

&&

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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