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

  • Cover Crop and Vineyard Floor Management Field Day at the Hopland REC, April 22

UC and local experts will present current soil management information to teach participants how to assess soil health, use conservation tillage to store carbon and save fuel, and integrate sheep into vineyards.  The event is not only for vineyard owners/managers! It is for anyone interested in soil health!  Small Farmers, Master Gardeners, Ranchers, Land Managers, Soil Scientists, Interested Public…everyone can learn something!  Preregister at  http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=15066.

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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

  • 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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