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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Wise Water Conservation Resources
- Indoor Water Conservation Tips
- EPA fixture standards
- How to read your water meter
- Leak Detection Guide
- Toilet Measurement Graphic
- Home Water Use Assessment Form
- MCRCD Indoor Water Conservation Powerpoint
- Hidden Water Use: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water/ and National_Geographic_Hidden_Water
- Assessing Home Water Usage: www.h2ouse.org
- MCRCD Mendocino County Graywater information
- Drought Landscaping Power Point
- Emergency Water Tank Storage Program
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
Installing and Maintaining Greywater Systems
In-Home Water Conservation: Beyond the Short Shower
Additional Resources and links from the Radio programs:
- Mendocino College Agriculture Department
- Wyatt Irrigation Supply
- Village Ecosystems
- Friedman Bros.
- Harvesting Rainwater
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.
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.
- State of California Emergency Drought Legislation Funding Summary 2-25-14
- State of California Emergency Drought Legislation Policy Summary 2-25-14
- State Water Resource Control Board Lake Mendocino Amended Order
- Landscape Irrigation Evaluation
Resources for Ag Producers:
- Agricultural Water Stewardship for Drought Preparedness
- Farm Water Stewardship Fact Sheet
- Mendocino County Approved Water Haulers
- List of Resources for Drought Problems
- Mendo/Lake Farm Service Agency 2014 Drought Relief Info
- UCD Research: How Will Farmers Respond to Drought
- USDA-Emergency Drought Assistance
- County of Mendocino Drought Page http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/administration/drought/tips-and-resources.htm
- Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District’s Lake Mendocino Updates http://rrfc.net/Water%20Supply
- NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office, CA Drought Page http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/droughtca.php?wfo=eka
- The California Department of Food and Agriculture Drought Page http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought/