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.

Water Wise Water Conservation Resources

Water Wise Radio Program Series

These radio programs focused on ways to adapt to low water conditions with strategies for home and landowners to make the best use of every drop and help mitigate the effects of drought in their home and landscape. Click on the link following the description to hear the broadcast.

Drought Landscaping and Drip Irrigation

Drought Landscaping and Drip Irrigation

Installing and Maintaining Greywater Systems

Installing and Maintaining Greywater Systems

In-Home Water Conservation: Beyond the Short Shower

In-Home Water Conservation

Harvesting Rainwater

Rainwater Harvesting

Additional Resources and links from the Radio programs:

Drought Information:

Plan to Temporarily Lift Curtailments During Future Rainfall Events: On October 3, 2014, the State Water Board released a letter notifying post-1914 appropriative water right holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Russian and Eel River watersheds of plans to temporarily release them from curtailment during upcoming intermittent precipitation events.  A copy of the letter is here:  temp curtailment_lift letter

The notice is posted at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/curtail_lift.pdf

Russian River August Update:  The  State Water Resources Control Board sent notice of curtailment, dated May 27,  2014, to water right holders in the Russian River Watershed upstream of the  Russian River’s confluence with Dry Creek.  With this notice, the State  Water Board is notifying holders of post-1914 appropriative water rights within  the Russian River watershed upstream of the confluence of Dry Creek with a  priority date of February 19, 1954 or later (Application A015743 or  higher), of the need to immediately stop diverting under their junior post-1914  water rights.

  • Curtailment Notices Issued
    • Post-1914 appropriative water rights within the Russian River watershed upstream of the confluence of Dry Creek with a priority date of February 19, 1954 or later (Application A015743 or higher).
  • Curtailment Projections
    • Pending        None.
    • Projected     Water may not be available to divert under post-1914  appropriative water rights within the Russian River watershed upstream of the  confluence of Dry Creek with a priority date of January 29, 1949 or later; except where water is available for appropriators identified by Terms 15  and 23 of Water Right Permit A12947A.

For more information, visit http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/analysis/russian_river.shtml.

Russian River Curtailment Letter 052714

North Fork and Main Stem Eel River June 2014 Update: The State Water Resources Control Board has issues the following April Update on projected water supply, demand and availability for the North Fork and Main Stem Eel River:

  • Curtailment Notices Issued: Curtailment letters issued to all Post-1914 Water  rights Holders on June 30, 2014.
  • Curtailment Projections: Pending: All post-1914 water rights starting in July and continuing until conditions improve.  Water right curtailment does not restrict  diversions of water for human health and safety. Between July 1st and October 30th, the projected water supply will not meet the demand for Riparian,  pre-1914 or Post-1914 appropriative basis of rights.

For more information, go to http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/analysis/eelriver_nfkmain.shtml

Middle Fork Eel River Update: The State Water Resources Control Board has issues the following April Update on projected water supply, demand and availability for the Middle Fork Eel River Watershed:

  • Curtailment Notices Issued: None
  • Curtailment Projections: Pending  All water rights starting July through the month of October.  Water right curtailment does not restrict  diversions of water for human health and safety.
  • Between July 1st and October 30th, the projected water supply will not meet the demand for Riparian,  pre-1914 or Post-1914 appropriative basis of rights.

For more information, go to http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/analysis/eelriver_midfork.shtml.

August 2014

 

 

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