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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
830 PM PDT SUN SEPTEMBER 28 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. ACCORDING
TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, ALL OF INLAND CALIFORNIA REMAINS AT
D4-EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AS A RESULT OF THE CONTINUED 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
IN RESPONSE TO THE DETERIORATING SITUATION INCLUDING GLENN, LAKE,
SAN JOAQUIN, SHASTA, SUTTER, TUOLUMNE AND YUBA. THREE CITIES
CONTINUE IN A DROUGHT EMERGENCY, LIVE OAK IN SUTTER COUNTY AND BOTH
LODI 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,
MOUNTAIN HOUSE COMMUNITY SERVICE DISTRICT AND TUOLUMNE UTILITY
DISTRICT. COUNTY DROUGHT TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN BUTTE,
LAKE, NEVADA, PLACER, PLUMAS, SACRAMENTO, SAN JOAQUIN, STANISLAUS,
SUTTER, TEHAMA, TUOLUMNE AND YOLO COUNTIES TO COORDINATE LOCAL
DROUGHT RESPONSE. THE GOVERNORS DROUGHT TASK FORCE MEETS DAILY TO
TAKE ACTIONS THAT CONSERVE WATER AND COORDINATE STATE RESPONSE TO
THE DROUGHT.

LOCAL WATER AGENCIES HAVE ENACTED MANDATORY OR VOLUNTEER WATER
RESTRICTIONS ACROSS THE STATE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC
LOCAL WATER AGENCIES USAGE RESTRICTIONS PLEASE VISIT
HTTP://WWW.ACWA.COM/CONTENT/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
192,700 BOXES OF FOOD TO JUST OVER 74,000 HOUSEHOLDS 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.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
2014 IS THE THIRD DRY WATER YEAR IN A ROW FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.
ALTHOUGH...SIGNIFICANT RAIN FELL OVER PORTIONS OF INTERIOR NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA ESPECIALLY SHASTA COUNTY DURING THE LAST WEEK IN
SEPTEMBER RAINFALL DEFICITS REMAIN LARGE. THESE RAINS HAVE NOT HAD
MUCH IMPACT ON THE DROUGHT AND THE NORTHERN SIERRA 8 STATION
PRECIPITATION INDEX IS STILL ONLY AT 63% OF NORMAL TO DATE. THE 5
STATION SAN JOAQUIN BASIN INDEX IS ONLY AT 49% OF AVERAGE TO DATE.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
WHILE EARLY OCTOBER IS GENERALLY DRY...MID TO LATE OCTOBER IS
TYPICALLY THE START OF THE RAINY SEASON FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE
FORECAST FOR THE FIRST 10 DAYS IN OCTOBER IS FOR A RETURN TO DRY
WEATHER WITH NO PRECIPITATION FORECASTED. AN EL NINO WATCH IS IN
EFFECT FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER WITH A 60-65% CHANCE OF A
WEAK EL NINO FORMING BY THE LATE FALL OR EARLY WINTER. HISTORICALLY,
WEAK EL NINO EVENTS ARE NOT STRONG SIGNALS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
PRECIPITATION AND THE LONG TERM CLIMATE OUTLOOKS FORECAST DRIER THAN
NORMAL CONDITIONS OCTOBER-DECEMBER WITH NO CLEAR SIGNAL
JANUARY-MARCH. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH
THE FALL AND WINTER.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
RESERVOIR LEVELS FOR THE SACRAMENTO RIVER BASIN ARE ABOUT 54% OF
AVERAGE AND THE SAN JOAQUIN BASIN IS ABOUT 61% OF AVERAGE AS OF JULY
31ST.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...THE NEXT SCHEDULED PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED IN
LATE OCTOBER 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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