IMPROVED HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS
Update February 10, 2014
District receives an additional 0.50 inches of rain this week
Approximately 3.25" of precipitation fell in the SJR watershed this past week
Shasta Dam records 6" of precipitation in its watershed this past week
Since July 1, 2013 the District rain guage has only measured 1.50 inches of preciptiation that is approximatley 14% of annual rainfall. Our San Joaquin River watershed has received 36% of its normal to precipitation to date. Due to the drought conditions in all California watersheds, it is expected that a call on San Joaquin River water for the benefit of the Exchange Contractors may occur this year. The State of California's most conservative estimate is 168 TAF of runoff in the SJR Watershed. A 50% probablity is estimated to be 478 TAF. This 50% probability is likely the best case scenario for the SJR watershed. If that 50% probability occurs and no water for the Exchange Contract occurs, Lindmore would recieve about 14,000 AF of supply which is roughly 0.50 AF per acre.
However, District staff is presuming a 0% allocation of water from the District if the severity of this drought continues due to what is likley to be a call on the SJR for the Exchange Contractor demands. Talk is underway with both the USBR and the Exchange Contractors about emergency measures to minimize this call on the River.
The drought declaration by the Governor can help alleviate this call on the River. This would occur if the State reduces the release of water for water quality purposes and increases the pumping in the Delta. Each of those decisions would have ecological impacts (poor water quality in the Delta until there is sufficient water to flush it out, and impacts to the Delta wildlife, in particular the endangered Delta Smelt). Lindmore ID supports the preservation of water by relaxing the water quality standards temporarily to meet human needs first and increasing the pumping in the Delta.
Weekly updates will occur by noon on Mondays.
Next Board meeting is scheduled for Feburary 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM.