The rains from February and late March have made a big difference in the drought outlook for the Russian River. Since the end of January we were staring at a possibly empty Lake Mendocino… the rains will ensure the Lake does not run dry later this year (see graph). This is a big deal and will help wildlife, fish and people get through this summer. We still need to conserve water to help us get through this summer and prepare us in case we get a dry 2015 as well. The good news is that rather than having to consider going to 50% or greater conservation levels, communities upstream of Dry Creek will likely need only 25% to get through summer.