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Drought Information

May 1, 2015


Due to low rainfall since January 2013, Lake County is experiencing severe drought conditions.

Clear Lake is two feet below average.  Click here for the projected lake levels for 2015.

The Lake County Watershed Protection District measures groundwater levels in the major groundwater basins in Lake County.  The following information summarizes our findings from these groundwater measurements at various points in time.

Countywide: Staff measures water wells in seven major groundwater basins  in Lake County.  These are the wells that are normally measured in April and October of each year to assess groundwater conditions.  Based on those measurements, groundwater conditions within each groundwater basin are summarized.  These summaries are general statements and due to varying aquifer conditions do not cover all conditions.  Individual well owners may experience conditions substantially different than the general condition (some of our wells show markedly different conditions than other nearby wells) and problems are more likely with shallow wells. 

January 2014: Due to the drought conditions, 83 wells were measured between January 23 and 27, 2014.  A report on these measurements is located here, including the maps and well hydrographs.

Spring 2014: Eighty three wells were measured between March 24 and April 3, 2014.  A report on these measurements is located here, including the maps and hydrographs.

Fall 2014: Eighty three wells were measured between September 30 and October 7, 2014.  A report on these measurements is located here, including the maps and hydrographs

Spring 2015: Eighty one wells were measured between March 18 and March 23 as part of our normal measurement program. A report on these measurements is located here, including the maps and hydrographs

Big Valley: Twelve wells are measured monthly in Big Valley.  Six of the wells are in the western half of the valley and are primarily under the influence of Adobe Creek.  Six of the wells are in the eastern half of the valley and are primarily under the influence of Kelsey Creek.  The averages of each set of wells are compared to the long term average for the same wells.  Charts showing these averages are provided below:

Water Year 2014

Water Year 2015

We encourage all water users to use water wisely and to conserve our precious supplies for future use and generations, and to protect our limited supplies if the drought continues.

Additional specific well data is available from the California Department of Water Resources Water Data Library.

All residents and property owners are encouraged to conserve water this year.  Information on conserving water is available at the following links:

Lake County Special Districts

University of California Cooperative Extension

Save Our Water

Center for Irrigation Technology

 

Last Updated:  May 1, 2015