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Drought Declaration Extended, Snowpack Low

Two drought-related notes. Governor Jerry Brown has extended his emergency drought declaration to May of next year, and the Nevada Irrigation District has released its latest report on water conditions. N-I-D General Manager Rem Scherzinger explains what the governor’s announcement means…

Listen to Rem Scherzinger 1

Scherzinger says the state is being more agressive this time, requiring N-I-D and other agencies to report water rights information now instead of every few years as required before. As far as current conditions are concerned, reservoir levels are higher than they were last year at this time, but the snowpack is dismal. Sherzinger says they need another 125-thousand acre feet of water, or to put it another way…

Listen to Rem Scherzinger 2

Still, Scherzinger still remains optimistic…

Listen to Rem Scherzinger 3

The storms last weekend boosted N-I-D’s water storage by 18-thousand acre-feet. N-I-D and the Governor are still urging people to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.

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