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Drought 2014 Information
Published on: 1/26/2014 12:00 AM
Nevada County - Drought 2014
(Updated October 21, 2014 )
          Seasonal Drought Outlook - October 16, 2014            U.S Drought Monitor - October 14, 2014

This site is intended to be utilized as a starting point to research Drought 2014 information. If you would like to see additional information on this page, please let us know at oes@co.nevada.ca.us 
Latest news updates: 
Executive Order makes funds available through the California Disaster Assistance Act to provide water for drinking and sanitation to households currently without running water.
Small, nonfarm businesses in 57 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon are now eligible to apply for lon-interest federal disaster loans.
 State Water Resources Control Board's emergency regulations on mandatory conservation. 
The State Water Resources Control Board press release regarding an approved conservation regulation.
Governor Brown Declares Drought State Emergency - January 17, 2014
In a State of Emergency declaration, Governor Brown directed state officials to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions to ensure the state can respond if Californians face drinking water shortages. The Governor also directed state agencies to use less water and hire more firefighters and initiated a greatly expanded water conservations public awareness campaign.
Drought Disaster Assistance (to include Nevada County)
USDA #S3743. On September 17, 2014, the USDA granted a Secreterial disaster designation for primary and contiguous counties in California. Nevada County is listed as a contiguous county.
  • Assistance Available: Emergency Farm Loans for actual losses as a direct result of the disaster; Up to a maximum of $500,000
  • Who: Farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations
  • Deadline: May 18, 2015
 SBA #14122. As a result of USDA #3631, the U.S. Small Business Administration declared primary and contiguous counites in California as a disaster area due to the drought.
  • Assistance Available: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • Who: Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of any size. Small businesses include those that do business directly with growers, such as trucker and suppliers of agricultural equipment or services.
  • Deadline: May 18, 2015

USDA Launches Effort to Assist California Producers  Funds will be divided between two specific funding pools: cropland and grazing lands. Cropland with a reduced water allocation of at least 85 percent will receive the highest priority. For additional information, contact your local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office.  

California Emergency Drought Legislation: $687.4 Million to help communities deal with devastating dry conditions and provide funding to increase local water supplies

Livestock Forage Disaster Program: Compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. USDA Farm Services Agency.


Drought Assistance Resources
DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program: Latest information on funding programs to include planning, implementation, and storm water flood management.
DWR Water-Energy Grant Program  Provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.
USDA Disaster Designation FAQs: The USDA Disaster Designation Process
USDA-NRCS Drought Assistance  Conservation Assistance to California Farmers & Ranchers
USDA Rural Development Drought Assistance  Programs for rural communities, businesses, and individuals.
University of California Foothill Farming Drought Planning  Drought overview, assistance programs, and workshops for small farmers and ranchers located in the Sierra foothills.

CDFA Drought Resources  California Department of Food and Agriculture Drought Resources for Farmers, Ranchers, and Farmworkers

California Drought Resources  USDA Rural Development California Drought Resources 

USDA Farm Loan Programs  USDA site for numerous programs during and not during a drought emergency.


Water Conservation and Drought Preparedness websites
California Drought  California's Drought Information Clearinghouse
DWR Educational Resources  Links to multiple websites for conservation and studies.
Save our Water   Created in 2009 by the California Department of Water Resources and the Association of Water Agencies to assist Californians reduce their everyday water use.
NID Drought Information Page How to conserve water, landscaping and irrigating tips
WaterWise Nevada City  As part of the statewide move towards more efficient water use, Nevada City has started Nevada City WaterWise.
Wholly H20  Water Conservation and Reuse information
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Presentations and information offered at the workshop titled "Mitigating Drought: Optimizing pasture, supplemental feed  and managing risk".
Nevada County Water Providers
Nevada Irrigation District NID is an independent special district operated by and for the people who own land within its 287,000-acre boundaries. NID is the primary supplier of water for the western portion of Nevada County.
Truckee Donner Public Utility District TDPUD is an non-profit, publicly owned utility governed by a locally elected Board of Directors. TDPUD provides water and electric services for the greater Truckee area.
Donner Summit Public Utility District  DSPUD provides sewer collection and treatment and water treatment and distribution to approximately 243 customer, including residential, commercial, lodging, and resort users.
City of Grass Valley  Grass Valley provides water service to most areas within the City limits with NID serving the rest of the City.
City of Nevada City   Nevada City processes all drinking water and waste water for homes and businesses with City limits. Nevada City sources its water from Little Deer Creek and supplements its water from NID in months of high usage.
Government Agencies
Nevada County Agricultural Department  Provides information on Nevada County Agricultural issues. Contact information for the Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner. 
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Provides resources and information related to drought from across the Government. Also includes a map of USDA Drought Disaster designated counties.
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Numerous DWR links to include Drought information and background.
National Drought Mitigation Center National Drought Map updated each Thursday at 5:30 a.m. PST
National Weather Service - Drought Information
NWS Sacramento  Homepage with Daily Weather story graphics.
Climate Prediction Center Drought Specific Information published by the National Weather Service
Climate Prediction Outlook  8-14 day Outlook - Precipitation Outlook  
John Gulserian
OES Manager
Office of Emergency Services

10014 North Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, Ca 95959
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.265.1515
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