Despite some rain late in the season, we would need another 52 inches between now and October 1 to make up for the lack of rainfall in the past three years. North state reservoirs are less than two-thirds of their historic average, and there is virtually no snow pack in the Sierra Nevada.
Water deliveries to some farms have decreased and the cost of food is expected to rise. Homeowners and businesses on wells may be at risk in some areas. The state’s electrical supply may be sorely tested this summer. There is increased risk of fire in the mountains from tinder dry conditions.
Below are links to important information about the status of the drought, what local and state government agencies are doing, and what you can do to understand and respond to the drought.
Details of the Drought
Sutter County is in an extreme drought. Check the following map for details:
Governor’s Declaration of Drought
State of Local Emergency
Sutter County and Live Oak have each declared states of local emergency:
- Sutter County Declaration of State of Local Emergency
- Live Oak Declaration of State of Local Emergency
Weekly Incident Objectives
Sutter County Office of Emergency Management’s report to the California Office of Emergency Management, updated weekly:
What You Need To Know
- A page from the Office of Emergency Services dedicated to the California drought
- Frequently updated map showing reservoir levels on critical Northern California streams
Surveys for Business and Homes
Take the Drought Survey
Do you know how much water you use and what you would do if...
Helpful Links for Conserving Water
Save Our Water - Rebates
Save Our Water - The California Lifestyle
Restaurants - Water Efficiency
Californians Don’t Waste Challenge
How are you saving water?
- Post your pictures on Facebook
Free Don’t Waste Water / Don’t Waste Electricity Stickers
- Up to 25 free stickers for your home or business
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- United States Drought Monitor News
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