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

Upcoming Events:

Water Wise Radio Program Series, August 5, 12, 19 & 26 Tuesday Evenings 7-8pm on KZYX

These radio programs will focus 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. KZYX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Ukiah, Willits & other portions of interior Mendocino County and in Lake County, at 90.7 FM in western Mendocino County and at 88.1 FM in Fort Bragg.  The program dates are:

August 5th- Drought Landscaping and Drip Irrigation

You can listen to the recording of this show by following this link:

Drought Landscaping and Drip Irrigation

August 12th- Installing and Maintaining Greywater Systems

You can listen to the recording of this show by following this link:

Installing and Maintaining Greywater Systems

August 19th- In-Home Water Conservation: Beyond the Short Shower

You can listen to the recording of this show by following this link:

In-Home Water Conservation

August 26th- Harvesting Rainwater

You can listen to the recording of this show by following this link:

Rainwater Harvesting

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Additional Resources and links from the Radio programs:

Drought Information:

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.

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