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Water Update 4-24-23

Lake Mendocino wildlife - ducks, March 4, 2023 by CJ Watt
Lake Mendocino wildlife, March 4, 2023 by CJ Watt


 Reservoir Storage & Operations(More info here):

Water supply information below and attached provided by Sonoma Water.

Table showing reservoir storage levels.


Graph from Sonoma Water's Water Supply Reservoir Projections webpage

FROM: Sonoma Water's Water Supply Reservoir Projections webpage


Drought Dwindles

AP News - Drought dwindles to less than 9% of California, 4/13/23 
“LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only remnants of California’s three-year drought remain after winter’s epic storms. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that areas of drought cover less than 9% of the state, down from more than 99% at the Oct. 1 start of the water year. Those areas, in the far north and southeast, are surrounded by areas of abnormal dryness amounting to just over 25% of the state. California’s winter was marked by numerous atmospheric rivers that dumped enormous amounts of rain and blanketed mountains with an extraordinary snowpack.”

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Updated California Drought Map

Groundwater Sustainability

Ag Alert - State water board weighs status of six aquifer plans, 4/12/23
The California Farm Bureau reports on the recent California State Water Resources Control Board meeting agenda item. Six high priority basins are facing possibly State Water Board intervention after their groundwater sustainability plans were deemed inadequate by DWR. “The board’s role is intended to be temporary, so state intervention is not a replacement for a groundwater sustainability plan,” said Natalie Stork, state water board supervising engineering geologist of the groundwater management program. “Our goal is to help get basins back on track with DWR (California Department of Water Resources), so it’s a temporary process.”  “Of a total 94 groundwater basins required to submit plans under SGMA, state water officials in March provided determinations for 24 basins and is reviewing an additional 61 plans from 59 California high- and medium-priority basins submitted to DWR in January 2022. DWR said it anticipates issuing determinations for the remaining basins throughout 2023.” The Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency has not yet received determination on its Plan for the medium priority basin.


Earth Day News

Check out CalMatters 'Earth Day Op-Ed Contest winners, including  Earth Day: How will California protect Humboldt Bay from worst sea level rise on the West Coast? 4/21/23 where the author touches upon Nature Based Solutions, such as restoring floodplains, will offset some of the impacts while also providing habitat conservation, environmental justice opportunities, and Indigenous land return.


Mendocino County Climate Action Committee Members WANTED!

Those interested in serving can apply here on the Mendocino County Committees page.


Russian River Water Forum Updates

The first Planning Group meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 10am-3pm at the Ukiah Conference Center.  Appointed Representatives and Alternates are encouraged to attend in person. A zoom option will be available  and the public is welcome.

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Other resources & information: to report water waste, such as leaks and overwatering. 

Water Rights Enforcement Complaints Program and/or  Cal EPA Complaint System to report concerns of unauthorized diversions, violations of water rights, diversions impacting fisheries, etc. Reports can be made anonymously. 

Visit Sonoma Water’s website for information on current water supply levels and Temporary Urgency Change Petitions

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