Droughts are a fact of life in California.  Here in Nevada County, most of us rely on our snowpack to meet our daily water needs.  The snowpack acts as a natural reservoir to hold winter precipitation until it later runs off as stream flow into our reservoirs.  As you will see in some of the images below, most of our reservoirs are currently full or nearly full.

Nevada Irrigation District's Water Resources Superintendent Sue Sindt said, “The wet winter has continued through February.  In 130 years of record [keeping] at the Bowman precipitation station, this is the third wettest February. This is the highest average March 1 water content ever measured in 61 years of conducting snow surveys.”

California Water Supply Outlook Report for March 2017 by the NRCS
Click here to go to the Centennial Reservoir project website


On July 15, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) instated emergency regulations which prohibited:

  • Washing down driveways and sidewalks
  • Outdoor watering that causes excess runoff
  • Use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shutoff nozzle
  • Use of potable water in a fountain or decrative feature unless the water is recirculated

The SWRCB ruled that violations of these regulations are infractions and subject to fines up to $500.

You can report water waste to NID at http://nidwater.com/report-water-waste/ or call (530) 271-6799.

Articles and Documents to help you through the drought

Links to Websites and Data - 

California Department of Water Resources - Precipitation Data

UCCE Foothill Farming Livestock Page
UCCE Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center
UC Rangeland Watershed Laboratory
Facebook Farmer Rancher Drought Forum
CA Department of Food and Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Images & Posters