Local water watchers plan drought educationElizabeth Salomone is General Manager for the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Impr...Local water watchers plan drought education
Elizabeth Salomone is General Manager for the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District; its mission is to proactively manage the water resources of the upper Russian River for the benefit of the people and environment of Mendocino County.
Joe Scriven is Assistant Executive Director/Fisheries Biologist/Board Secretary for the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District and Deborah Edelman is Water Program Manager/Senior Project Manager for Mendocino County Resource Conservation District; its mission is to conserve, protect and restore wild and working landscapes for the health of Mendocino County’s water, soil and forests.
Having received approximately 13 inches of rain for the second year in a row (the average being 37 inches per year)—less than half of what is normal—the Russian River watershed has been placed in the category of severe drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) projects that the drought will persist throughout the season, cumulatively putting the watershed in a dire situation with a very limited water supply.