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.

Upcoming Events 

  • Sediment and Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMP) Workshop, September 16 from 9am to 5pm, Piercy CA

Salmonid Restoration Federation and Pacific Watershed Associates are offering a BMP workshop and field tour of erosion control sites in Mendocino County. The workshop will cover identifying and evaluating sediment sources, assessing environmental impacts, creating erosion control and prevention plans, designing and evaluating grading plans, and the environmental permitting application process. This workshop is limited in size. Online, advanced registration is $35 until September 1. To register, visit www.calsalmon.org.

Useful Websites

The State Water Resources Control Board has developed a Drought Year Water Actions (http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/index.shtml) webpage to inform water users about the actions taken by the State Water Board with regard to the drought. They have also established a Drought Year Hotline at (916) 341-5342.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has developed a drought resources web page (link http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought/) which is intended to be a central location for information about the drought in California and assistance programs available to farmers, ranchers and farmworkers. The web site is also available in Spanish (link http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought/index-esp.html).

Water Wise Water Conservation Resources

Water Wise Radio Program Series

Drought Information

  • Governor’s Draft Emergency Regulation for Urban Water Conservation (April 18, 2015)

The Draft Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in the Governor’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Board website.  Two Fact sheets, the Draft Emergency Regulation and a spreadsheet that provides the residential gallons per capita per day (R-GPCD) and proposed water conservation tiers for each urban water supplier can be found at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml under the “Documents” tab or below.



fact_sheet_2015 restrictions

  • Notice of Likely Curtailment of Water Rights: Russian and Eel Rivers (April 2015)

The State Water Resources Control Board has announced that curtailments are likely to be coming soon for the Russian and Eel Rivers.  See http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/analysis/ for more information.

2015 Pre curtailment notice

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