Glenda Anderson, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Mendocino County Supervisors Tuesday unanimously declared a drought emergency, the first step in managing the county’s dwindling water supplies as rainfall continues to bypass the North Coast.
“It’s just really scary to see where we are with the water supply,” said Supervisor Carre Brown.
The emergency declaration includes creation of a committee to evaluate the drought’s effects on local water sources and draft a plan to lessen its impacts.
Wells are drying up and Lake Mendocino, a primary source of water in the Ukiah and Hopland valleys, is close to an all-time low following a year of record low rainfall. Just 7.67 inches of rain fell in the upper reaches of the Russian River last year.