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Mendocino County declares drought emergency

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.

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Workshop Scheduled on Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Study

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.

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Finally – the USGS study of the Santa Rosa Plain groundwater basin is out!

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