Drought & Water Conservation Resources

Welcome to the Mendocino County Drought and Water Conservation Resources Webpage!  This page contains resources, web links and lists of current events in our area related to drought adaptation and water conservation.  The page is a work in progress and will change as the drought conditions change.  We need your help in keeping it current!  Please send information and announcements to the site administrator at wateradmin@mcrcd.org.  To receive periodic notifications about grants, workshops, and more, send an email to wateradmin@mcrcd.org to join our newsletter list.

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Drought Information

  • Status of Water Supply at Lake Mendocino (February 2015)  

The Russian River Flood Control District states that “the amount of water currently stored in Lake Mendocino has improved dramatically since this time last year.  As a result, the Board of Trustees has voted to terminate mandatory conservation, effective February 21st, 2015.  All contracts will be restored to their full value and prices will return to $47.00 per acre-foot.  The Board may revisit this decision as the water year progresses.

The District still urges all diverters in the Upper Basin to use our water resources wisely and conserve whenever possible.”

Additional information is available at http://www.scwa.ca.gov/current-water-supply-levels/ .

  • Russian River Frost Protection Regulation

With the litigation concerning the Russian River Frost Protection Regulation now concluded, the State Water Board has revised the original schedule for implementation, as outlined in State Water Board Resolution No. 20110047 http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/russian_river_frost/docs/rs2011_0047.pdf.

The revised schedule mirrors the phased approach described in the original resolution.   Copies of the State Water Board’s letter to growers using water for Frost Protection in the Russian River Watershed and the revised implementation schedule are available at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/russian_river_frost/docs/regimplement_nov2014.pdf For a more detailed description of the regulation, you can visit our Russian River Frost Protection Regulation webpage at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/russian_river_frost/prtctn_reg.shtml.


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