September 23, 2008

Santa Rosa Workshop on Water Conditions and Drought Preparedness

The Department of Water Resources will hold a workshop in Santa Rosa on October 9, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop will begin at 10 am; location information and the agenda are below.

                          Santa Rosa State Building                            50 D Street, room 410                                 Santa Rosa    Opening remarks & statewide water conditions    Meteorological conditions & outlook    Preparing for a dry 2009    Long-term comparison to past droughts    Droughts and the California Emergency Services Act    Plans for 2009 at the local level 

Water years 2007 and 2008 were dry for much of California, and storage in many of the state's reservoirs and groundwater basins has been dropping as a result. Statewide reservoir storage now stands at about 75 percent of average for this time of year. In June, the Governor issued Executive Order S-06-08 declaring a statewide drought, which directed state agencies and departments to take specified actions to address drought conditions. In the Russian River service area, as in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, regulatory protections for listed fish species are an additional constraint on water project deliveries.

Previously, California's last multi-year statewide drought occurred in 1987-92. The single driest year of California's measured hydrologic record was 1977, a time when an emergency pipeline was constructed across the San Rafael Bridge to bring water to Marin County.

Email [email protected] if you plan to attend the Oct. 9 Santa Rosa workshop.

The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water need.

SOURCE: CA Department of Water Resources