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.

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  • 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.

  • Russian River Watershed Curtailment Lifted: “The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is lifting the water right curtailment for all post-1914 water right permits and licenses in the Russian River watershed. This action is based on reduced diversion demands after October 31st, water conservation savings in the watershed, and recent increases in tributary flows.  Unless otherwise directed in a future email list notification, all curtailed permits and licenses in the Russian River watershed may commence diversions.  Water right holders must comply with all terms and conditions of their water right, including the season of diversion and bypass conditions.  All water right holders should keep a record of their diversions since such diversions are still subject to prior rights.  Any diversion in violation of terms and conditions or of these notices is subject to enforcement.”

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.

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