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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
655 AM PDT SUN SEP 28 2014

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

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

...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN EASTERN NEVADA...

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 ALLOWS
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 THEIR DROUGHT RESPONSE PLAN.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 23 2014...THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFIED MOST
OF WESTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA AS
IN SEVERE DROUGHT /LEVEL 2 OF 4 LEVELS OF DROUGHT/ OR GREATER. A
LARGE PART OF FAR EASTERN NEVADA HAS SEEN IMPROVEMENT IN ITS DROUGHT
STATUS AS A RESULT OF MONSOON RAINS THAT FELL FROM LATE JULY THROUGH
THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER.

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

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

THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF DROUGHT...WHERE IT IS CLASSIFIED AS
EXCEPTIONAL...ARE MUCH OF PERSHING AND CHURCHILL COUNTIES...A SMALL
PART OF WESTERN LANDER COUNTY...ALL OF STOREY COUNTY AND CARSON
CITY...MUCH OF DOUGLAS COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF WASHOE
COUNTY.

THE AREAS LEAST AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN NEVADA INCLUDED EASTERN AND
CENTRAL ELKO COUNTY ALONG WITH WHITE PINE COUNTY...FAR EASTERN NYE
COUNTY AND MUCH OF LINCOLN COUNTY...WHICH WERE CLASSIFIED AS IN
MODERATE DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL 1/ OR ABNORMALLY DRY.

DROUGHT SEVERITY WAS CLASSIFIED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL FOR ALL
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES BORDERING NEVADA FROM MODOC SOUTH TO WESTERN SAN
BERNARDINO. THE AREA OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /DROUGHT LEVEL
4/INCLUDING MOST OF LASSEN COUNTY...ALL OF PLUMAS...SIERRA...
NEVADA...PLACER AND EL DORADO COUNTIES AND MOST OF ALPINE COUNTY.
SOUTHEAST INYO AND MUCH OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WAS CLASSIFIED AS
HAVING SEVERE DROUGHT...EXCEPT FOR AREAS OF SAN BERNARDINO BORDERING
THE COLORADO RIVER WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS HAVING MODERATE DROUGHT.

3/ SYNOPSIS...
MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS OCCURRED OVER MOST OF EASTERN
CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 2011. SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN NEVADA HAVE SEEN NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION DURING THIS TIME. MUCH OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXPERIENCED
RECORD TO NEAR RECORD DRYNESS SINCE OCTOBER 2012. SINCE SEPTEMBER
2013...PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL OF THE AREA
EXCEPT PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EASTERN NEVADA AND
A VERY SMALL PART OF WEST CENTRAL NEVADA. ABOVE AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEVADA IN MAY OF 2014 AND
AGAIN DURING THE SUMMER MONSOON FROM JULY THROUGH EARLY SEPTEMBER
2014 BROUGHT EAST CENTRAL NEVADA TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12
MONTHS. HEAVY RAIN IN MAY 2014 AND AGAIN IN JULY AND AUGUST 2014
BROUGHT A SMALL PART OF WESTERN NEVADA...LARGELY MINERAL COUNTY...
TO ABOVE AVERAGE. THIS ALSO BROUGHT SMALL PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL AND
WESTERN NEVADA TO JUST ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE PAST 24 MONTHS.

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

THE DRIEST AREAS...THOSE THAT HAVE HAD LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL PRECIPITATION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2013...INCLUDE WESTERN
LASSEN...PLUMAS...SIERRA...EASTERN NEVADA...EASTERN PLACER AND
EASTERN EL DORADO COUNTIES ALONG WITH PARTS OF MONO...INYO AND SAN
BERNARDINO COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA. IN NEVADA SOUTHERN WASHOE...
STOREY...DOUGLAS...CARSON CITY AND NORTHWEST LYON COUNTIES ALONG
WITH A SMALL PART OF SOUTHERN NYE COUNTY...SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWEST
CLARK COUNTY AND EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTIES HAVE RECEIVED LESS THAN
70 PERCENT OF THEIR AVERAGE PRECIPITATION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2013.

THE AREAS OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME
INCLUDE NORTHEAST NYE...MUCH OF WHITE PINE COUNTY AND CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN ELKO COUNTIES IN EASTERN NEVADA ALONG WITH MUCH OF MINERAL
COUNTY...A SMALL PART OF SOUTHERN LYON AND SOUTHEAST DOUGLAS
COUNTIES IN WESTERN NEVADA. IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA SOUTHEAST ALPINE
COUNTY AND NORTHERN MONO COUNTY HAD REACHED ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE
PAST 12 MONTHS ALONG WITH THAT PAST OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ALONG
THE COLORADO RIVER. THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION CAN LARGELY BE
ATTRIBUTED TO A VERY ACTIVE NORTH AMERICAN MONSOON SEASON...BUT THE
EFFECTS ON LONG TERM DROUGHT IN THE WESTERN PART OF NEVADA AND THE
EASTERN SIERRA IS QUESTIONABLE.

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.

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.

IN MAY THE BLM OFFICE IN BATTLE MOUNTAIN REQUESTED NINE RANCHERS WHO
HAVE GRAZING RIGHTS ON THE ARGENTA ALLOTMENT TO 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 HAD SUFFERED DAMAGE AND NEEDED 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 BEGAN SELLING CATTLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE REDUCTION IN
ANIMAL UNIT MONTHS. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, MAY 6, 2014.

AS OF MAY 29, 2014 THE BLM HAD AGREED TO ALLOW THE ABOVE RANCHERS
CONTINUED GRAZING RIGHTS IN THE DISPUTED AREAS AS LONG AS LINGERING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS DO NOT WORSEN. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV SUN. MAY 29,
2014.

ON JULY 23, 2014 THE BATTLE MOUNTAIN BLM OFFICE ONCE AGAIN ANNOUNCED
THE CLOSURE OF SOME OF THE ARGENTA GRAZING ALLOTMENTS. THE BLM CITED
DATA THAT INDICATED DROUGHT TRIGGERS HAD BEEN MET REQUIRING REMOVAL
OF CATTLE FROM NINE SEGMENTS OF THE ALLOTMENT. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY
FREE PRESS, JULY 24, 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 MAY 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 IN THE SUMMER OF
2013 AND MOST RECEIVED LITTLE IF ANY OF THEIR ALLOCATIONS FOR THE
SUMMER OF 2014.

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.

IRRIGATORS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BELOW RYE PATCH DAM IN PERSHING
COUNTY RECEIVED ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL ALLOTMENT LAST
SEASON. AS OF EARLY SEPTEMBER 2014 NO DELIVERIES HAD BEEN SET FOR
THIS 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.

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
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, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, 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. ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE WALKER RIVER
WATERMASTER IN EARLY JUNE INDICATED THERE HAD BEEN NO DELIVERIES
FROM THE EAST WALKER RIVER AND THE WEST WALKER DELIVERED ONLY 5 DAYS
WORTH OF DECREED WATER TO 1865 WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS. THE WATERMASTER
ALSO INDICATED THAT WELLS WERE BEING REDRILLED IN THE BASIN AND
PUMPING OPERATIONS WERE VERY HIGH IN JUNE.

IN LATE AUGUST A COCORAHS OBSERVER IN YERINGTON REPORTED ALFALFA
FIELDS BEING LEFT DRY WITH GROUNDWATER USED TO IRRIGATE ONLY A SMALL
NUMBER OF FIELDS. THE WALKER RIVER WAS AT A TRICKLE WITH NO WATER
FOR IRRIGATION. LEVELS IN DOMESTIC WELLS WERE DROPPING ALONG WITH
IRRIGATION WELLS.

CARSON RIVER BASIN...
ON MAY 9 2014 THE TRUCKEE-CARSON IRRIGATION DISTRICT /TCID/
ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO CUT ALLOTMENTS FOR THE 2014 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 WHO DEPEND ON WATER FROM TCID TO MAKE
PLANS TO CUT THEIR WATER USAGE. FROM KTVN AND KRNV, RENO, NV. MAY 9,
2014.

IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPUTY MANAGER FOR TCID IT WAS REPORTED
THAT RELEASES FROM LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WOULD END ON OR ABOUT THE END
OF JULY. THIS IS LARGELY DUE TO DECREASED FLOWS IN THE TRUCKEE RIVER
THAT COULD NOT BE DIVERTED INTO LAHONTAN. SMALL RELEASES ARE PLANNED
FROM LATE AUGUST INTO EARLY OCTOBER FOR WILDLIFE PURPOSES...BUT NO
FURTHER AGRICULTURAL RELEASES ARE PLANNED.

TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN...
AS OF JULY 30, 2014 RELEASES FROM BOCA RESERVOIR WERE CUT
DRASTICALLY. THIS REDUCED FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER BY ABOUT HALF.
FLOWS REMAIN AT NEAR MINIMUMS FROM LAKE TAHOE...WHICH STOOD AT ABOUT
0.2 FEET ABOVE ITS NATURAL RIM AS OF MID SEPTEMBER. THE REDUCTION IN
FLOWS WILL MEAN THAT FLORISTON RATES WERE NOT MET FOR THE LATTER
HALF OF THE SUMMER AND THIS MAY CONTINUE INTO EARLY TO MID FALL. THE
LOWERED FLOWS RESULTED IN LITTLE IF ANY WATER REACHING AREA
IRRIGATION DITCHES AND REDUCED FLOWS NEAR DERBY DAM...NOT ALLOWING
TCID TO WITHDRAW WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE FOR USE IN THE LOWER CARSON.

TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY...WHICH ALSO DRAWS WATER FROM THE
TRUCKEE...MAY NEED TO BE USING SOME OF ITS DROUGHT RESERVES STORED
IN DONNER LAKE AND INDEPENDENCE LAKE.

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.

SUSAN RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY MAY IN A DISCUSSION WITH THE HONEY LAKE BASIN WATERMASTER
IT WAS LEARNED THAT SURFACE WATER DELIVERIES FROM THE SUSAN RIVER
HAD ENDED AS RESERVOIRS WERE EMPTY AT THAT TIME. THE ONLY AVAILABLE
WATER TO RANCHERS WAS GROUND WATER. IN EARLY JUNE THE USDA RECEIVED
FEEDBACK FROM THE CATTLEMEN`S ASSOCIATION IN LASSEN COUNTY THAT
CONDITIONS WERE THE SAME IF NOT WORSE THAN 2012 WITH CREEKS AND
STREAMS DRYING UP AND NO RUN OFF FROM SNOWMELT.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS 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 DETERMINING BETTER METHODS TO
WATER LIVESTOCK. FARMERS WHO RECEIVE LESS THAN 15 PERCENT OF THEIR
WATER ALLOCATIONS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY. FROM SACRAMENTO CA BEE,
FEB 15, 2014.

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...
PRECIPITATION IN MAY...JULY AND AUGUST HELPED TO REDUCE FIRE DANGER
IN NORTHERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA...BUT AFTER TWO WEEKS OF
DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS FIRE DANGER INCREASED AGAIN BY LATE AUGUST
AND EARLY SEPTEMBER TO NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. BY MID SEPTEMBER...
SLIGHTLY COOLER WEATHER AND RAIN FROM AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE HAD
ONCE AGAIN REDUCED FIRE DANGER OVER MUCH OF THE AREA. AS OF
SEPTEMBER 22 2014 FIRE DANGER WAS RATED AS HIGH OVER MOST OF
SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA ALONG WITH A FEW POCKETS OF
HIGH FIRE DANGER IN NORTH CENTRAL NEVADA. THE REMAINDER OF THE
REGION WAS GENERALLY RATED AS MODERATE.

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

AS OF SEPTEMBER 1 2014...THE NIFC FIRE POTENTIAL FORECAST FOR THE
REGION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR OCTOBER OVER ALL OF NEVADA AND MOST OF
EASTERN CALIFORNIA. A SMALL PORTION OF THE SIERRA HAD A FORECAST OF
RETURNING TO NORMAL FROM ABOVE NORMAL.

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

THE BLM 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.

IN CONVERSATIONS WITH FUELS SPECIALISTS AND FIRE MANAGERS IN THE
TAHOE BASIN AND BRIDGEPORT RANGER DISTRICT OF THE HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE
FOREST IT WAS NOTED THAT HEAVY TIMBER FUELS AS OF LATE JULY WERE
MORE CHARACTERISTIC OF FUEL STATES IN SEPTEMBER...A RESULT OF THE
VERY DRY CONDITIONS OF THE PREVIOUS MONTHS. EVEN WITH SOME
CONVECTIVE RAINS...THE BRIDGEPORT DISTRICT IS SEEING FIRE BEHAVIOR
MORE COMMON TO CONDITIONS IN EARLY FALL WHEN TIMBER IS TYPICALLY
DRIER.

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.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT PERIODS OF HIGH
TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH LOW WATER LEVELS LEAD TO A LESSENING OF
DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN LAKES AND RESERVOIRS AND LEAD TO DIE OFFS. DIE
OFFS ARE EXPECTED IN WILDHORSE AND WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIRS IN ELKO
COUNTY...AND FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THE STATE LIFTED LIMITS IN
THOSE TWO RESERVOIRS TO ALLOW MORE FISH TO BE REMOVED BEFORE
CONDITIONS BECOME UNSURVIVABLE. FROM RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL, JUN
24, 2014.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AIDED BY VOLUNTEERS RESCUED AN ESTIMATED 6000
TROUT AND OTHER FISH FROM DRYING DITCHES NEAR RENO IN AUGUST. WATER
LEVELS IN THE DITCHES DROPPED AFTER TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY
STOPPED RELEASING TRUCKEE RIVER WATER INTO THE DITCHES FOR
HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION. THE FISH WERE RELOCATED TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER
NEAR VERDI. FROM ELKO, NV DAILY FREE PRESS, AUG 8, 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.WILDLIFE.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.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS AFFECTED MULE DEER HERDS IN NEVADA DURING THE
SUMMER AS FORAGE BECAME SCARCE. THIS CAUSED CONCERNS THAT AN
ESPECIALLY HARD WINTER COULD LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT DIE OFFS OF
WEAKENED FAWNS AND ADULTS THAT DO NOT RECEIVE ENOUGH FORAGE THIS
SUMMER AND FALL. MEANWHILE THE BLM CONTINUES TO CLOSELY MONITOR WILD
HORSE HERDS WANDERING NEVADA. WHILE LATE SPRING FORAGE WAS
GOOD...THERE IS CONCERN THAT AS THE SUMMER PROGRESSES FORAGE WILL
BECOME LESS AVAILABLE. THIS COULD LEAD TO DETERIORATING BODY
CONDITION FOR SOME OF THE HORSES. FROM RENO, NV GAZETTE-JOURNAL,
JUN 24, 2014.

IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS CAPTURED 7 BEARS OVER A
TEN DAY SPAN ENDING JULY 11, 2014 AS BEARS WERE FORCED TO EXPAND
THEIR SEARCH FOR FOOD INTO MORE URBANIZED AREAS DUE TO DROUGHT
CONDITIONS. OFFICIALS REPORTED A TOTAL OF 17 BEARS HANDLED FOR THE
ENTIRE YEAR AS OF JULY 17 2014...MORE THAN THE TYPICAL NUMBER. WHILE
A SMALL NUMBER HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED...MANY WERE TAGGED AND RELEASED
BACK INTO THE WILD. FROM SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, CA, JUL 17, 2014,
ELKO, NV, DAILY FREE PRESS, JUL 12, 2014 AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
REPORTS.

A DETERIORATION OF WATER QUALITY IN TWO RENO CITY PARKS WHERE LAKES
HAD NOT RECEIVED WATER FROM THE TRUCKEE RIVER SINCE EARLY AUGUST WAS
BLAMED FOR THE DEATH OF NUMEROUS DUCKS. TWENTY FOUR DUCKS WERE FOUND
DEAD AT VIRGINIA LAKES WHILE ROUGHLY THE SAME NUMBER HAD DIED AT
PARADISE PARK. AVIAN BOTULISM WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE CAUSE. FROM
RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, AUG 26, 2014.

IN AN UPDATE...LABORATORY TESTS CONFIRMED AVIAN BOTULISM AS THE CAUSE
OF DEATH OF DUCKS IN RENO IN LATE AUGUST IN SEVERAL DROUGHT DEPLETED
LAKES. FROM RENO, NV, GAZETTE-JOURNAL, SEP 8, 2014.

F/ GROUND WATER...
THE CARSON WATER SUBCONSERVANCY DISTRICT HAS REPORTED THAT MANY
FARMS IN THE WATERSHED ARE PLANNING ON PUMPING MORE GROUND WATER
THIS SEASON. THIS WOULD POSSIBLY AFFECT THE GROUND WATER LEVELS BY
THE END OF 2014 IRRIGATION SEASON.

G/ URBAN AREA DROUGHT IMPACTS...
RENO/SPARKS...
THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY /TMWA/ SERVING THE RENO AND
SPARKS NV AREA...ANTICIPATED SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES FOR THE SUMMER 2014
SEASON INCLUDING THEIR DROUGHT RESERVES....BUT LOWERED FLOWS ON THE
TRUCKEE THROUGH THE LATE SUMMER MAY FORCE TMWA TO TAP INTO ITS
RESERVE SUPPLIES. TMWA ASKED RESIDENTS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USAGE
BY 10 PERCENT IN EARLY AUGUST...BUT NO MANDATORY CONSERVATION
MEASURES WERE ENACTED. TMWA ALSO ASKED THAT RESIDENTS REFRAIN FROM
LANDSCAPE WATERING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11 AM AND 7 PM.  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 3-DAY PER WEEK OUTDOOR WATERING
SCHEDULE AS IN PAST YEARS.  SEE WWW.TMWA.COM/CONSERVATION FOR
DETAILS.

THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS POWER AUTHORITY SHUT DOWN THREE HYDROPOWER
PLANTS IN LATE JULY AS WATER LEVELS FELL TOO LOW TO CONTINUE
OPERATING. FROM KOLO-TV NEWS 8, RENO, NV, JULY 30, 2014.

LAS VEGAS...
BOTH THE SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY /SNWA/ AND THE LAS VEGAS
VALLEY WATER DISTRICT /LVVWD/ ENACTED FALL WATERING RESTRICTIONS
SEPTEMBER 1. LANDSCAPE WATERING IS ALLOWED THREE DAYS PER WEEK AND
RESTRICTED TO 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 OF
2013 BECAUSE THE U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST 2013
THE INFLOW TO LAKE MEAD DURING 2014 WOULD BE THE SMALLEST ANNUAL
WATER DELIVERY IN THE LAKE`S HISTORY. FROM LAS VEGAS, NV,
REVIEW-JOURNAL, 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.

PLENTIFUL SNOWFALL IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS THIS PAST WINTER WILL
RESULT IN AN INCREASE TO THE ALLOCATION OF WATER LAKE MEAD RECEIVES
IN 2015. LAKE MEAD WILL RECEIVE 8.23 MILLION ACRE-FEET FROM LAKE
POWELL IN 2015 SAID THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ON AUGUST 15, 2014.
NEXT YEAR`S DELIVERY WILL BE ABOUT 10 PERCENT MORE THAN THIS PAST
YEAR`S BUT BECAUSE 9 MILLION ACRE-FEET LEAVE LAKE MEAD FOR
DOWNSTREAM USERS, THE LAKE LEVEL WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE. FROM LAS
VEGAS, NV, SUN, AUGUST 13, 2014.

CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SIERRA CREST COUNTIES...
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY HELD BACK WATER DURING THE SPRING
OF 2014 AND GENERATED LESS HYDROPOWER WITH THE EXPECTATION THE WATER
WOULD BE USED FOR PRODUCTION IN SUMMER WHEN DEMAND WOULD BE HIGHER.
THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION ESTIMATED PRODUCTION IN THE SIERRA
IN 2014 WOULD BE ROUGHLY HALF WHAT IT WAS IN 2010, A NORMAL YEAR.
FROM FRESNO, CA, BEE, AUGUST 4, 2014.

TRUCKEE...
THE CITY OF TRUCKEE IMPOSED MANDATORY STAGE 2 DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS ON
AUGUST 12, 2014. THIS LIMITED WATERING TO TWO DAYS PER WEEK.

NORTH TAHOE...
THE NORTH TAHOE PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT ALSO IMPOSED STAGE 2
DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS ON AUGUST 15, 2014. PROHIBITIONS INCLUDE NO
WASHING OF PAVED SURFACES, NO IRRIGATING BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM, NO
FILLING OR REFILLING OF SWIMMING POOLS AND NO USE OF POTABLE WATER
FOR DUST CONTROL.

TAHOE CITY...
STAGE 2 DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 25, 2014,
RESTRICTING OUTDOOR SPRAY IRRIGATION, IMPOSING DAY OF THE WEEK
WATERING BASED ON ADDRESSES AND RESTRICTING BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO
THE SERVING OF WATER ONLY UPON REQUEST.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...
STAGE 1 MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE. RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE:
NO IRRIGATING OF UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY...NO WATER IN RESTAURANTS
UNLESS REQUESTED AND NO WASHING OF PAVED SURFACES.

H/ TOURISM AND RECREATION IMPACTS...
LOW FLOWS ON THE TRUCKEE RIVER PROMPTED THE TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING
COMPANY AND IRIE RAFTING COMPANY TO ANNOUNCE THEY WOULD ALLOW NO
RAFTING IN AUGUST...NORMALLY ONE OF THEIR MOST PROFITABLE MONTHS.
THE SAND HARBOR BOAT RAMP ON LAKE TAHOE`S NORTHEAST SHORE ALSO HAS
CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. THIS RAMP NORMALLY REMAINS OPEN ALL YEAR.
FROM KTVN NEWS 2 RENO, NV, JUL 27, 2014.

THE LOWER LEVEL OF LAKE TAHOE ALSO EXPOSED OBSTACLES THAT WERE
NEARER THE WATER SURFACE AND CAUSED DAMAGED TO PROPELLERS. THE
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE TAHOE CITY MARINA NOTED THE LAKE HAD BECOME
TOO SHALLOW FOR SOME SAILBOATS TO ENTER THE MARINA. FROM TAHOE CITY,
CA, TRIBUNE, JULY 22, 2014.

5/ HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS AS OF SEPTEMBER 26 2014...

STREAMFLOW IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN WELL BELOW AVERAGE DURING THE
FALL.

A/ SUSAN RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE SUSAN RIVER AT SUSANVILLE WERE ABOUT
14 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND /CFS/...OR 197 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW
OF 7.1 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

B/ PIT RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS NEAR CANBY CALIFORNIA...WERE ABOUT 0.2
CFS...OR ABOUT 0.003 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 57 CFS FOR THIS
DATE.

C/ UPPER FEATHER RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER NEAR
PORTOLA WERE ABOUT 11 CFS OR 61 PERCENT OF THE 18 CFS AVERAGE FLOW
FOR THIS DATE.

D/ LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASINS...
SEPTEMBER 26 STORAGE ON LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE BASIN RESERVOIRS WAS AS
FOLLOWS... /NOTE...AF IS ABBREVIATION FOR ACRE FEET/.

LAKE TAHOE..... 14540 AF... 2 PCT OF CAPACITY.. 4 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG.
PROSSER RSVR.... 7929 AF...28 PCT OF CAPACITY..62 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG.
STAMPEDE RSVR.. 56531 AF...25 PCT OF CAPACITY..39 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG.
BOCA RSVR....... 7880 AF...19 PCT OF CAPACITY..33 PCT OF SEPTEMBER 30 AVG.

SEPTEMBER 26 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...  6 CFS... 0.03 PCT OF  231 CFS AVERAGE
TRUCKEE...... 12 CFS... 0.06 PCT OF  215 CFS AVERAGE
FARAD........110 CFS...   24 PCT OF  463 CFS AVERAGE
RENO......... 46 CFS...   17 PCT OF  277 CFS AVERAGE
VISTA........ 80 CFS...   19 PCT OF  416 CFS AVERAGE
WADSWORTH.... 40 CFS...   15 PCT OF  273 CFS AVERAGE
NIXON........ 56 CFS...   25 PCT OF  221 CFS AVERAGE

STEAMBOAT CREEK...
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS ON STEAMBOAT CREEK WERE AS FOLLOWS...

AT STEAMBOAT..........    0 CFS... 0 PCT OF   6 CFS AVERAGE
AT RENO /SHORT LANE/..  2.5 CFS...25 PCT OF 9.9 CFS AVERAGE

E/ CARSON RIVER BASIN ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE
CARSON RIVER ABOVE LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WERE AS FOLLOWS...

EAST FK CARSON NR MARKLEEVILLE........ 27 CFS.. 37 PCT OF 73 CFS AVG
EAST FK CARSON NR GARDNERVILLE........ 30 CFS.. 32 PCT OF 93 CFS AVG
WEST FK CARSON AT WOODFORDS........... 15 CFS.. 50 PCT OF 30 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR CARSON CITY.............  7 CFS.. 12 PCT OF 60 CFS AVG
CARSON RVR NR FT CHURCHILL............  0 CFS..  0 PCT OF 26 CFS AVG

CARSON RIVER BELOW LAHONTAN RESERVOIR...
SEPTEMBER 26 STORAGE ON LAHONTAN RESERVOIR WAS 10261 AF...3 PERCENT
OF CAPACITY...OR 10 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE. RELEASE FROM
LAHONTAN ON SEPTEMBER 26 WAS 166 CFS...36 PCT OF THE 463 CFS AVERAGE.

F/ WALKER RIVER BASIN...
AS OF SEPTEMBER 26...STORAGE ON BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR WAS 1880 ACRE
FEET...4 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...AND 14 PCT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.
STORAGE ON TOPAZ WAS 2790 AF...5 PCT OF CAPACITY...11 PCT OF THE
SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AND PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS DATE ON THE WALKER
RIVER WERE AS FOLLOWS...

E WALKER RVR BLW BRIDGEPORT RSVR.  21 CFS.. 20 PCT OF 103 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR ABV TOPAZ RSVR......  24 CFS.. 40 PCT OF  60 CFS AVG
W WALKER RVR BLW TOPAZ RSVR......  10 CFS..  9 PCT OF 112 CFS AVG
WALKER RIVER NEAR MASON..........  14 CFS..  7 PCT OF 192 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR NR WABUSKA............   0 CFS..  0 PCT OF  68 CFS AVG
WALKER RVR BLW WEBER DAM NR SCHURZ  0 CFS... 0 PCT OF  14 CFS AVG

G/ HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN...
IN EARLY SEPTEMBER...STORAGE ON RYE PATCH RESERVOIR WAS 8897 ACRE
FEET...5 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...OR 11 PCT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

SEPTEMBER 26 FLOWS AT VARIOUS POINTS ON THE HUMBOLDT RIVER BASIN WERE
AS FOLLOWS...

MARYS RVR NR DEETH...........2.9 CFS......   85 PCT OF THE  3.4 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR NR CARLIN....... 15 CFS......   43 PCT OF THE   35 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT PALISADE..... 42 CFS......   91 PCT OF THE   46 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT BATTLE MTN ..2.2 CFS......   12 PCT OF THE   18 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT COMUS.......0.07 CFS......0.003 PCT OF THE   19 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT RVR AT IMLAY.......   0 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE   35 CFS AVG
HUMBOLDT BLW RYE PATCH DAM.. 0.1 CFS......    0 PCT OF THE  113 CFS AVG

H/ JARBIDGE RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...FLOWS ON THE JARBIDGE RIVER AT JARBIDGE NEVADA WERE
5.8 CFS...OR 123 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE FLOW OF 4.7 CFS FOR THIS DATE.

I/ OWYHEE RIVER...
ON SEPTEMBER 26...STORAGE ON WILDHORSE RESERVOIR WAS 11090 AF...
16 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND 35 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

J/ SOUTHERN NEVADA...
SEPTEMBER 25 STORAGE ON LAKE MEAD WAS 10087 THOUSAND AF...39 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY...AND 51 PERCENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 AVERAGE.

ON SEPTEMBER 26 THE FLOW ON THE COLORADO RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON ARIZONA
ABOVE LAKE MEAD WAS APPROXIMATELY 11600 CFS...104 PCT OF THE AVERAGE
OF 11200 CFS FOR THIS DATE. THE FLOW ON THE VIRGIN RIVER ABOVE LAKE
MEAD NEAR OVERTON WAS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO ACCESS CONCERNS.  THE
SEPTEMBER 26 FLOW ON THE MUDDY RIVER NEAR GLENDALE NEVADA WAS 39
CFS...108 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 OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER IS FOR ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA. THE
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS FOR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH
OF NORTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEVADA ALONG WITH NORTHEAST AND EAST
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA...EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR AND BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION FOR EASTERN...CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST NEVADA ALONG WITH
MOST OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST
FOR A SMALL PART OF EXTREME SOUTHERN NEVADA ALONG WITH FAR EASTERN
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED IN LATE OCTOBER.

&&

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...
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