And not just in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. I was reading in the Sacramento Bee the other day that the low snowpack levels around the state have the state's dams thirsting for water. I don't recall them mentioning Humboldt in that article. I assume we're doing better than most since we've already received above average rainfall, although not as much rain as we received last year at this point.
Nonetheless, most of the rest of the state, including Mendocino and Sonoma counties, are already talking mandatory water conservation. It looks like Redwood Valley, in Mendocino, is going to declare a water emergency as a result of being told its share of water from Lake Mendocino will be cut in half.
This really sucks, which has me wondering just how well Humboldt is doing. I couldn't find any information on Ruth Lake levels in the short time that I spent looking. But I did find this page that has all kinds of info on river levels around the state. Hard to make my way through all that info.
I was wondering how the Eel River is doing? Doesn't look like there's a whole lot of water flowing in it, yet it seems to be normal flow for this time of year according to the river forecast map.
I know they cut diversions from the Eel to Lake Mendocino earlier on, or at least they were talking about it. I was wondering, since we have this storm coming in this weekend into next week, if we get enough rain, maybe we could divert a little bit more water to Lake Mendocino to help out those folks?
I'm not saying making it a permanent thing, just when we have an excess from a storm or some such. Sound like a plan or am I way off base with this? Is that easier said than done?
Either way, unless we start having wetter years down south, it looks like extreme water conservation measures in Mendocino, Sonoma and other counties around the state are here to stay.
Then, of course, there's the other side of the picture like in down in Orange County. They finally get some rain to help with the fire danger and now they're facing landslide and flash flood problems. They can't seem to win for losing lately.