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Russian River Water Update,  6/26/23

Lake Mendocino on June 16, 2023 by E Salomone
Lake Mendocino from the North Boat Ramp on June 16, 2023 by E Salomone

Reservoir Storage & Operations:

Water supply information provided by Sonoma Water (more info here).

Storage table of reservoir storage from Sonoma Water.
Storage graph of Lake Mendocino storage from Sonoma Water website
Storage graph of Lake Pillsbury storage from Sonoma Water website


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 Mendo Fever: Russian and Eel River Advocates Gather at Planning Group meeting of June 12, 6/19/23



El Niño is Back – Good or Bad?

Map of El Nino typical effects in winter by NOAA

“El Niño is a climate pattern that starts with warm water building up in the tropical Pacific west of South America. This happens every three to seven years or so. It might last a few months or a couple of years.

Normally, the trade winds push warm water away from the coast there, allowing cooler water to surface. But when the trade winds weaken, water near the equator can heat up, and that can have all kinds of effects through what are known as teleconnections. The ocean is so vast – covering approximately one-third of the planet, or about 15 times the size of the U.S. – that those sloshings of warm water have knock-on effects around the globe.” What does this mean for Northern California? Read more: Maven's Notebook: THE CONVERSATION: El Niño is back – that’s good news or bad news, depending on where you live, 6/9/23


Is California Prepared for Climate Change?

As directed by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the Audior of the State of California office conducted an audit of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Resources Control Board. The assessment focused on DWR’s water supply forecasting and surface water management, and determined that DWR has made only limited progress in accounting for the effects of climate change in its forecasts of the water supply and in its planning for the operation of the State Water Project. Until it makes more progress, DWR will be less prepared than it could be to effectively manage the State’s water resources in the face of more extreme climate conditions. Find out more here:

Auditor of the State of California web page and Full Report from CA Auditor


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