“The East Bay Municipal Utility District is lining up a second emergency water supply in the drought. The water board agreed Tuesday to exercise an option to buy up to 20,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency.”
“Ukiah Valley residents, businesses and farmers will be required to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.
“The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District board of directors Monday night unanimously adopted the 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as they can in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino.”
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District anticipates it will need to divert water this year from the Freeport Regional Water Project on the Sacramento River, which it helped build in partnership with Sacramento County at a cost of nearly $1 billion. The district has not used the diversion since it was completed in 2010, but its board will vote in April whether to activate it.”
“Declaring that California’s historic drought is worsening, leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest drinking water provider on Tuesday will consider asking the public for a 20 percent reduction in water use, double what the agency first requested last month.“
“In a crushing reminder of the state’s parched plight, federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.”
“Rain is expected to begin falling on Marin County Wednesday, and continue into the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Despite an extended drought, now in its third year, Marin’s water supply is plentiful enough that authorities are refraining from enforcing rationing — for now.”
From The Modesto Bee, in a column by Jeff Jardine:
“Two of the Sierra’s most prominent rivers, the Stanislaus and Tuolumne, run right through Tuolumne County. …
“And the county’s water agency, the Tuolumne Utilities District, owns rights to none of it. The city and county of San Francisco own senior rights on the Tuolumne River, with the Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts controlling Don Pedro Reservoir.”
“Windsor this week joined a growing list of cities declaring a water shortage emergency and asking their residents to conserve. The Town Council on Wednesday approved a resolution seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20 percent.
“The board voted 7-0 Tuesday to join the growing number of Bay Area water districts seeking voluntary cuts during a third consecutive dry rain season. Storms of the past few days have produced more water but still left the district worried of the potential for below average runoff into its Mokelumne River water supplies piped in from the Central Sierra foothills.”
“The ‘Pineapple Express’ left Sunday after giving Marin a thorough soaking over the last four days, dropping nearly a foot of rain in Kentfield, flooding a Mill Valley street and ‘moving things in the correct direction’ toward ending the drought, forecasters said.”