Drought Watch

March 9 2017 The Mercury News

California storms: Wettest water year, so far, in 122 years of records

Between October 2016 and February 2017, California averaged 27.81 inches of precipitation, the highest average since such records began being kept in 1895, according to data released Wednesday by the National Centers for Environmental Information, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This current water season slightly outpaced 1968-69 (27.34 inches average), when a series of powerful storms in January and February of that  rainy season resulted in widespread flooding in Central and Southern California, resulting in at least 60 deaths, according to a federal report.

The statewide precipitation values given by NCEI “represent area weighted average of values observed at weather stations across the state,” according to Nina Oakley, a California Climate Specialist with the Western Regional Climate Center, part of NOAA.

“We’ve had well above normal precipitation throughout California,” Oakley said. “What’s really been a help, atmospheric events have gotten into Southern California, where the drought had really been entrenched.

“And the abundant snow pack we’ve seen in the Sierra, where it’s well above normal. Having that robust snow pack is really going to be great for spring runoff and one of the indicators we’re ready to come out of drought.”

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Save Our Water & Our Trees
Trees are a valuable asset for our landscapes, and are difficult to replace. Share the water here first and water deeply.

Flier- WateringTrees in Drought.pdf

Ojai Trees

Tree People

For ideas or inspiration, see Tree People https://www.treepeople.org/resources

Drought Summit at Casitas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFgxAawlLH0&feature=youtu.be

2016-02-25 AWE Releases Report on Australia Drought

What California Can Learn From Australia’s Millennium Drought

Lessons learned during Australia’s worst drought on record are helping California through its own water crisis.

A new report released today shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California, as the state enters its fifth year of severe drought.

Australia Drought Report Cover - US“The Australian experience shows that investment in water conservation options provided the cheapest, quickest and most effective contribution to managing demand during the drought,” said Professor Stuart White, director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), at the University of Technology Sydney. “Without them many cities and towns would have run out of water.”

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AUGUST 2015 Heat Wave in SO CAL

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-heat-wave-los-angeles-20150810-story.html

We are in 4th year of severe drought, with above average temperatures and very low rainfall.

Governor Brown issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015 outlining actions needed to respond to the severe drought in California ( Executive Order attached).

The State Water Board has established a website where information regarding the Executive Order will be posted. It currently includes their schedule for developing the emergency regulations to implement the new provisions and will also include a concept paper. The website address is: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml

They have also started a Water Conservation Regulations subscription list for those who would like to receive updates. To sign up visit http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/swrcb_subscribe.shtml and follow the directions near the top of the page- the “Water Conservation Regulations” list is located under the “General Interests” tab.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has a website dedicated to breaking news regarding the drought and water conditions
http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/index.cfm

DWR also just released an interesting report titled California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions: You can find this document at:
http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/docs/California_Signficant_Droughts_2015_small.pdf

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Photos, Videos, Stories on Drought in CA

http://stateofdrought.tumblr.com

State Water Resources Control Board-Slow the Flow

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/stormfilm/

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