The petition was submitted due to drought conditions, severely low storage levels in Lake Mendocino, and a hydrologic index for establishing minimum flows not aligning with the watershed conditions. On January 1, 2021, the water supply condition for the Russian River was reclassified as 'Normal' from 'Dry' based on the cumulative inflow into Lake Pillsbury for the water year. The calculated cumulative inflow of 9,539 acre-feet exceeded the threshold criterion of 8,000 acre-feet between the two classifications. This designation of 'Normal' water supply conditions does not accurately reflect the current watershed conditions and the lack of rainfall experienced in 2020 in the Upper Russian River. As measured at Ukiah, recorded rainfall for 2020 was 11.32 inches, which amounts to 31% of the average rainfall (37.01 inches). This was the second lowest rainfall recorded since 1893.
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