ACWA – California Drought Update for March 10, 2014

California Drought Update for March 10, 2014

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March 10, 2014

The California Drought Update is compiled by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) to keep media and other audiences current on drought conditions, impacts, news and other developments. Please visit ACWA’s website for additional information and resources. Questions? Contact Lisa Lien-Mager, ACWA Director of Communications, lisalm@acwa.com or 916-441-4545.

Rainfall Helps But Does Little to Quench California Drought

Recent storms boosted the Sierra snowpack and runoff into reservoirs, but state officials say it’s far from enough to end drought conditions in California. According to the California Department of Water Resources, it would take half an inch of rain every day from Redding to Fresno through March to bring the state to average precipitation for the year in key watersheds that supply much of California’s water. Even average precipitation would not be enough to avert water shortages and end the drought because major reservoir storage remains so far below typical levels for this time of year. Read more

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Publishes Drought Information Brochure

A new brochure distributed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services offers an array of information and resources for residents affected by the drought. The brochure provides website links and describes services available in areas such as emergency needs, food and housing assistance, employment and programs for farmers, ranchers and others businesses. Read more

Recent Rains Douse Need for Sprinklers

California’s recent rains have doused – at least temporarily – the need for lawn watering, so residents should conserve water and shut off their sprinkler systems. That was the message delivered Thursday by state officials who gathered for a press event on a lush, green residential lawn in Sacramento to tout water conservation. Officials stressed that despite the recent rains, California’s drought is still on. But because of the recent rains, there is no need to water lawns for several weeks, they said. Read more

California K-12 Schools & Community Colleges Urged to Cut Water Use

In response to Governor Brown’s recent drought state of emergency declaration, California public school administrators have been asked to take immediate measures to reduce water use at campuses throughout the state.  School officials, who collectively manage approximately 11,000 facilities in 1,200 school districts throughout the state, were supplied with a water conservation best practices guide developed by the California Department of General Services and the Department of Water Resources. Read more…

Video of ACWA-Sponsored Drought Briefing Available Online

A video of the ACWA-sponsored drought briefing held in Sacramento Feb. 14 is now available online. The briefing, which was held at the Crest Theatre, featured several panels of local, state and federal officials who discussed various aspects of drought response and planning. About 175 people attended the event and more than 1,400 watched it via webcast. Read more

Drought Resources

ACWA 2014 Drought Portal

Save Our Water Drought Portal

DWR Drought Portal

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Drought Page

State Water Resources Control Board Drought Year Water Actions Page

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

California Reservoir Conditions

California Weather Data

U.S. Drought Portal

Central Valley Project Water Supply Information

General information about California Water

Items for Future Updates?

Your suggestions for items to include in the next California Drought Update are welcome. Please send them to Lisa Lien-Mager at lisalm@acwa.com

 

 

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