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Drought designation intensified in northern California

Feather Publishing

The USDA Drought Monitor reports that, increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in the central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, groundwater observations and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California.

For California’s 154 intrastate reservoirs, storage at the end of June stood at 60 percent of the historical average. Although this is not a record for this time of year — the standard remains 41 percent of average June 30, 1977 — storage has fallen to 17.3 million acre-feet.

As a result, California is short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year. The historical average warm-season drawdown of California’s 154 reservoirs totals 8.2 million acre-feet, but usage during the first two years of the drought, in 2012 and 2013, averaged 11.5 million acre-feet.

Given the three-year duration of the drought, California’s topsoil moisture (80 percent very short to short) and subsoil moisture (85 percent) reserves are nearly depleted. The state’s rangeland and pastures were rated 70 percent very poor to poor July 27. USDA reported that “range and non-irrigated pasture conditions continued to deteriorate” and that “supplemental feeding of hay and nutrients continued as range quality declined.”

In recent days, new wildfires have collectively charred several thousand acres of vegetation in northern and central California. The destructive Sand Fire, north of Plymouth — now largely contained — burned more than 4,000 acres and consumed 66 structures, including 19 residences.

If we're in a drought, how come they continue to,water the golf courses!??!!!
No drought in NorCal. Politicians just give it away for free to water the desert in the valley and for SoCal.
Well Dave I can only speak to this area but we did not receive much precip. this past winter. We had one storm early Dec. and then nothing for about six weeks. In addition it was fairly warm, warmer than freezing so not too much stuck around. As for socal, they've been plucking water from the Owens valley and Mono for decades now. Trust me plenty of people don't like that, but they haven't been too successful in changing that arrangement. The water is also not free, but it's not so expensive that people stop watering turf gr*** and use it wiser. If you happen to take a drive down the 5 and see the uprooted trees it's because the farmers have no water. None.
Well, the golf courses will be nice and green even if the rest of us starve to death. We're only the bottom feeders anyway. If you have money, you have water. Period.
They are watered with recycle water from the ponds on the property you idiots!
In fact, I drink that recycled water too... That's why I have chronic Giardia & Salmonella
um, Vance... maybe you shouldn't ya know, continue drinking that water then... Just a thought.



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