Drought Education

Drought Education


Water is a vital resource that our community shares. Our region is currently experiencing a severe multi-year drought. Rainfall and reservoir storage levels are at historic lows. It is critical that we work together to protect and conserve our water resources. 


What is a drought?

  • A drought occurs when an area receives a lot less precipitation than they normally receive, leading to a shortage of water. 

How is rainfall measured?

  • Rain Gauge: Precipitation is measured by using a rain gauge. A rain gauge consists of a tube and a measuring scale. When it rains, the water falls into the top of the tube. The measuring scale allows meteorologists to measure the amount of precipitation. In the United States, we measure precipitation in inches.
  • Water Year: We track rainfall by water year. A water year is the 12-month period from October 1st to September 30th. The water year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends. Thus, the year ending September 30th, 2020 is called the "2020" water year. 

How much rain have we received in the 2022 water year?

How drastic is this drought?

  • The Russian River watershed is entering a third consecutive year of below-average rainfall. As a result, water supply levels at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma remain at historic lows  
  • Stay up to date with current drought information

Classroom and Field Programs

All classroom and field programs have shifted to incorporate a drought education component. In addition, drought specific education lessons are available for grades 6th- 12th



Order FREE educational supplies to support your drought curriculum. Student incentives like pencils, pencil sharpeners, and stickers include reminders for students to save water! 


The Water and Energy Education Program offers several ways for teachers to get involved with drought education. 



Learn about local drought information and more.