Drought Information

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Overview
Humboldt County is traditionally one of the wettest counties in the state. Many communities in our region are still vulnerable to significant drought impacts. This page is intended to providing information about the drought and resources available to the public.

Drought Facts

On January 17, 2014 California State Governor, Jerry Brown, declared a drought state of emergency. On April 17, 2017, Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, officially ending the drought state of emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

As of May 23, 2017, the National Drought Mitigation Center estimates approximately 10.3 million people in California are currently affected by the drought.

California's response to its ongoing drought has been guided by a series of executive orders issued by Governor Brown, the most recent officially ending the drought in most of California, but stressing the importance of emergency drinking water projects that will help address diminished groundwater supplies.

The time period of January 2016 - December 2016 has been the 3rd warmest on record for California. California saw 2014 as the warmest year on record.

The latest National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center seasonal drought outlook, valid for May 18 - August 31, 2017, shows drought in areas of southern and Central Coastal California likely to persist throughout those dates. The 1-month precipitation outlook for June 2017, issued May, 2017, suggests above average precipitation for all California.

Drought Facts Courtesy of USGS California Water Science Center, USGS California Drought


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Additional information about the 2015 California drought emergency regulations may be found on the State Water Resources Control Board website.
SWRCB Emergency Conservation Regulations


Helpful Links



If your private well or small water system is in need of repair or replacement due to the drought, contact the 
Housing Division of our Planning & Building Department to learn about their ZERO percent financing options.

Looking to make upgrades to your home to address water efficiency? Check out the 
PACE program.

State’s Water Conservation Campaign, Save Our Water 

California Natural Resources Agency, California WaterFix


Local Government, Drought Clearinghouse and Toolkit

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Drought Information

Department of Water Resources, Current Water Conditions 

Department of Fish and Wildlife, Drought Web Portal 

California Data Exchange Center, Snow Pack/Water Levels 

State Water Resources Control Board, Water Rights, Drought Info and Actions

State Water Resources Control Board, SWRCB Drinking Water Program

California State Water Project, Information 

Department of General Services, Water Conservation Efforts 

State of California Sustainable Buildings, Water Usage from 2010 to 2015