Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
430 PM PDT THU JULY 31 2014

...DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR CALIFORNIA...

SYNOPSIS...
GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED A DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR CALIFORNIA
ON JANUARY 17, 2014. ON APRIL 25, 2014 GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUED A
PROCLAMATION ON THE CONTINUATION OF THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY. THIS
EXECUTIVE ORDER STRENGTHENED THE STATE`S ABILITY TO MANAGE WATER AND
HABITAT EFFECTIVELY IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND CALLED FOR ALL
CALIFORNIANS TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS TO CONSERVE WATER. THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR ISSUED JULY 31 HAS INCREASED ALL OF INLAND
CALIFORNIA TO D4-EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. THE CATEGORY DEGRADATION FOR
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANY SINGLE CONDITION CHANGE,
BUT MORE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE CONTINUAL ACCUMULATION OF SMALLER
DROUGHT RELATED IMPACTS. THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATIONS ARE DUE IN
LARGE PART TO THE PRECIPITATION DEFICIT...LOW RESERVOIR LEVELS AND
INCREASING LOCAL IMPACTS. SEVERAL COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED LOCAL DROUGHT
EMERGENCY PROCLAMATIONS INCLUDING GLENN...LAKE...SAN JOAQUIN...
SHASTA...SUTTER...TUOLUMNE AND YUBA. TWO CITIES CONTINUE IN A
DROUGHT EMERGENCY...LIVE OAK IN SUTTER COUNTY AND RIPON IN SAN
JOAQUIN COUNTY. SEVERAL SPECIAL DISTRICTS HAVE ISSUED LOCAL
EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS INCLUDING LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES
DISTRICT...NEVADA IRRIGATION DISTRICT...PLACER COUNTY WATER
AGENCY... TWAIN HARTE COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT AND TUOLUMNE
UTILITY DISTRICT. COUNTY DROUGHT TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED
IN BUTTE...NEVADA...PLACER...PLUMAS...SACRAMENTO...SAN JOAQUIN...
STANISLAUS...SUTTER...TEHAMA...TUOLUMNE AND YOLO COUNTIES TO
COORDINATE LOCAL DROUGHT RESPONSE.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS INCLUDE SOME FARMERS REMOVING TREES FROM THEIR
ORCHARDS OR LEAVING THEIR LAND UNPLANTED. FALLOW FIELDS ARE EVIDENT
BY THE LACK OF GROWTH IN FIELDS SINCE PLANTING SEASON IS ENDING.
SUTTER COUNTY HAS REPORTED THE LOSS OF 1100 AGRICULTURAL JOBS
RELATED TO THE DROUGHT.

LOCAL CREEKS CONTINUE TO DRY UP. THOSE ENTITIES DEPENDENT UPON LOCAL
RUNOFF ARE ARE SEEING IMPACTS. ONE SUCH ENTITY IS A LOCAL YOLO
COUNTY GOLF COURSE. WITH THE LOCAL CREEK WATER UNAVAILABLE THE GOLF
COURSE EXPECTS TO SEE $80-100,000 IN LOSSES DUE TO DROUGHT DAMAGES
AND LOSS OF REVENUE.

GOVERNOR BROWN ASKED FOR A STATEWIDE VOLUNTARY 20% WATER USAGE
REDUCTION. HOWEVER NUMEROUS WATER RESTRICTIONS AND WATER
CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ARE ALREADY BEING IMPLEMENTED BY LOCAL
AUTHORITIES. FEDERAL CENTRAL VALLEY WATER PROJECT ALLOCATIONS REMAIN
AT ZERO. THE STATE WATER PROJECTS ALLOCATIONS WERE INCREASED TO 5%
TO AGRICULTURE USERS SOUTH OF THE DELTA AND REMAINS AT 50% FOR ALL
MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL USERS.

THE STATE WATER BOARD ADOPTED EMERGENCY REGULATIONS TO REDUCE URBAN
OUTDOOR WATER USE ON JULY 15. THIS ESTABLISHES INDIVIDUAL TEMPORARY
PROHIBITIONS LIKE LAWN-WATERING THAT CAUSES RUNOFF...HOSING DOWN
DRIVEWAYS AND USING DECORATIVE FOUNTAINS THAT DON`T RECIRCULATE
WATER. VIOLATIONS MAY BE PUNISHABLE BY FINES UP TO $500.

THE STATE WATER BOARD HAS ANNOUNCED PROPOSED REGULATIONS THAT WOULD
REQUIRE CURTAILMENTS ON WATER DIVERSIONS ON MILL CREEK, DEER CREEK
AND ANTELOPE CREEK IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY IF MINIMUM FLOW
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SPECIFIC RUNS OF FEDERAL AND
STATE LISTED ANDROMOUS FISH CAN NOT BE MET.

ALL THE COUNTIES WITHIN NORTHERN INTERIOR CALIFORNIA REMAIN
DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE DUE TO DAMAGES AND LOSSES CAUSED BY THE DRY
CONDITIONS. GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDE ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS AND
EMERGENCY LOANS FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES HAS PROVIDED OVER
131,400 BOXES OF FOOD TO DATE FOR COUNTIES IMPACTED BY THE DROUGHT.
THIS FOOD AID, ENABLED BY EMERGENCY DROUGHT LEGISLATION PASSED IN
MARCH, IS TARGETED TOWARD RESIDENTS ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE
DROUGHT. THE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH LOCAL FOOD BANKS TO ENSURE
THAT EACH FOOD BANK HAS A PLAN TO OUTREACH TO THOSE MOST IMPACTED BY
THE DROUGHT. SO FAR ALL OF THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION HAS GONE TO CENTRAL
VALLEY LOCATIONS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
2014 IS THE THIRD DRY WATER YEAR IN A ROW FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.
ISOLATED RAINS FROM THUNDERSTORMS FELL OVER THE MOUNTAINS DURING
EARLY AND MID JULY. HOWEVER...THESE RAINS HAVE NOT HAD MUCH IMPACT
ON THE DROUGHT AND THE NORTHERN SIERRA 8 STATION PRECIPITATION INDEX
IS STILL ONLY AT 59% OF NORMAL TO DATE. THE 5 STATION SAN JOAQUIN
BASIN INDEX IS ONLY AT 49% OF AVERAGE TO DATE.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE NORMAL CALIFORNIA DRY
SEASON IS IN PROGRESS. VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION IS NORMAL FOR THE
NEXT THREE MONTHS. THE LONG TERM CLIMATE OUTLOOKS SHOW NO STRONG
INDICATORS FOR PRECIPITATION FROM AUGUST THROUGH THE FALL ACCORDING
TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE
ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE SUMMER AND INTO THE START OF AUTUMN.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
RESERVOIR LEVELS FOR THE SACRAMENTO RIVER BASIN ARE ABOUT 55% OF
AVERAGE AND THE SAN JOAQUIN BASIN IS ABOUT 62% OF AVERAGE AS OF JUNE
30TH.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THE NEXT SCHEDULED PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED IN
LATE AUGUST OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT
CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

&&

RELATED WEBSITES...
CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER:  HTTP://CDEC.WATER.CA.GOV/
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER:  HTTP://WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV/
DROUGHT MONITOR:  HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML CALIFORNIA
DROUGHT PAGE:  HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/UHJYWATERCONDITIONS/DROUGHT
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:  HTTP://WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/INDEX.PHP
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO:  HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/STO/
NWS CA DROUGHT INFORMATION RESOURCES:
HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/DROUGHTCA.PHP
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES:  HTTP://WWW.ACWA.COM

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
DROUGHT MONITOR
CALIFORNIA NEVADA RIVER FORECAST CENTER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST
US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
CAL FIRE
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES
LOCAL COUNTIES AND CITIES

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...PLEASE REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO
W-STO.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV.

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SHOEMAKER/OSBORNE/MATTHEWS/MEAD














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