Matt Weiser, SACRAMENTO BEE
A new analysis of groundwater levels across California has found historically low water levels in thousands of wells in all areas of the state, another telltale of the drought’s intensity.
The report by the California Department of Water Resources, released Wednesday, was ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown as part of his January emergency drought proclamation. It analyzes thousands of wells across the state, based on available data submitted by well drillers and owners.
In examining about 5,400 wells that represent a subset of the total, about half have shrunk since 2008 to water levels lower than any seen over the preceding century.
The San Joaquin Valley is particularly hard hit, where wells are commonly used to irrigate large farms when water diverted from rivers becomes unavailable. Many of those wells have groundwater levels as much as 100 feet lower than historical norms, according to the report. Many wells in the Sacramento Valley, the Sonoma Valley and the Los Angeles basin have shrunk as much as 50 feet.
via Report: Well water under strain across California – Our Region – The Sacramento Bee.
Glenda Anderson, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sales of water storage tanks have spiked on the North Coast as rural residents, already faced with declining wells, springs and reservoirs, brace for what could be another drought year.
“They’re hoarding water,” said Rich Hutchison, a plumbing and electrical buyer for Friedman’s home improvement stores.
Water storage tank sales increased by about 40 percent at Friedman’s stores in December, he said. The Ukiah store alone sold 20 tanks in December, a 50 percent increase from the same time last year, Hutchison said.
via Dry conditions lead some on North Coast to store water | The Press Democrat.
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.
via Mendocino County declares drought emergency | The Press Democrat.
Ann DuBay, SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY
Santa Rosa, CA – A public workshop will be held on July 11th to discuss a significant groundwater study completed by the US Geological Survey,(USGS). The study’s purpose is to characterize the surface water and groundwater resources of the Santa Rosa Plain Watershed and develop tools to better understand and manage the groundwater system. The workshop will take place at 6:00 pm at the Santa Rosa Finley Center (details below).
The Santa Rosa Plain Watershed is home to approximately half of the population of Sonoma County. The groundwater system beneath the Santa Rosa Plain provides numerous benefits to the region, including rural residential and municipal water supplies, irrigation water for agriculture, and water that supplies creeks, streams and the ecosystem.
via Press Releases | Sonoma County Water Agency.
Sonoma County Water Agency
A public workshop will be held on July 11th to discuss a significant groundwater study completed by the US Geological Survey of the Santa Rosa Plain Watershed. Groundwater in the Santa Rosa Plain is a critical resource for its residents, agriculture, businesses and ecosystem. In recognizing the important link between surface water and groundwater, the study characterizes the current state of the entire hydrologic system within the watershed. Come hear U.S. Geological Survey scientists present the results of this comprehensive study.
When: 6 pm – 8 pm, Thursday, July 11th
Where: Santa Rosa Finley Center, Person Auditorium
2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA
What: 6:00 Open House
6:30 Presentation by the US Geological Survey on the findings of the study
7:45 Questions and discussion
Summary of the USGS Santa Rosa Groundwater Basin Study