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Drought 2014 Information
Published on: 1/26/2014 12:00 AM
                         
 Nevada County - Drought 2014                                       
                                           (Updated July 14, 2014)    
 
    
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      Seasonal Drought Outlook - June 19, 2014            U.S Drought Monitor - July 8, 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: 
   
The State Water Resources Control Board will consider adoption of statewide emergency regulations
The water rights used by the Nevada Irrigation District to fill reservoirs and supply customers in Nevada and Placer counties are among those covered in the state’s May 27 curtailment order.
 
Report posted on the Association of California Water Agencies webpage with a key finding that "The greatest concentration of recently deepened wells is in the fractured bedrock foothill areas of Nevada, Placer, and Eldorado counties.                  DWR Groundwater Report (April 30, 2014) - Official Report stating the above results.
 
 With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
 
NID declares a Drought within the District's Service Boundaries, and adopts Stage II Drought Contingency Plan Procedures
 
 
The State Water Resources Control Board approved $4 million in funding from the Cleanup and Abatement Account to provide interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies.
 
 The Natural Resource Conservation is offering eligible participants in Nevada County financial and technical assistance in water conservation planning.
 
 First wave of drought-related food assistance which will be delivered throughout California this year. The above link list the counties that are currently eligible.
 
The 2014 Allocation was reduced to Zero on 1/31/14 but based on recent precipitation, supplies are project to meet 5% of SWP contractors' requests.
 
Signed Legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies
 
Federal Actions to help respond to the Drought
 
 
 
 
 
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 #S3631 On January 15, 2014, the USDA granted a Secretarial disaster designation for certain counties in the State of Nevada and contiguous counties in California to include Nevada 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.
 
SBA #13861  As a result of USDS #3631, the SBA declared certain counties in the State of Nevada and contiguous counties in California to include Nevada County as a disaster area due to the drought severity levels.
  • 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.

USDA #S3637 On January 23, 2014, the USDA granted a Secretarial disaster designation for primary counties in the State of California to include Nevada 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.

SBA #13875 As a result of USDA #S3637, the SBA declared certain counties (to include Nevada County) as a disaster area due to the drought severity levels.

  • 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.  

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 Developemnt 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 
 
                      

 

 
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Nevada City, Ca 95959
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