"To plan, develop, and manage the conjunctive use of the District's surface and groundwater resources to provide a safe and reliable water supply at a reasonable cost, and to sustain the socioeconomic and environmental well-being of Yolo County."
Clear Lake Fills for the First Time in Five Years!
On the afternoon of Monday, March 14th, Clear Lake reached 7.56 feet Rumsey for the first time since March 7, 2011. The full lake means that the District will receive the right to release the full allocation of 150,000 acre feet of surface water to provide for agricultural purposes this year. The District is currently releasing water for flood control purposes and will continue to do so until the lake reaches 7.56 feet Rumsey.
On the other hand, at approximately 90,000 acre feet of water in storage, Indian Valley reservoir remains just under one-third of capacity. However, this does represent a big improvement from the start of the rainy season, when the reservoir was at less than five percent of capacity.
Another Miracle March?
On February 28, 1991, the water conditions were flat-out depressing. Clear Lake was only at 0.48 feet Rumsey, and precipitation for the water year (beginning on Sept. 1, 1990) was a meager 5.52 inches. Over the next 31 days, 13.39" of rain fell, and Clear Lake rose over 3 feet to 3.82 feet Rumsey. Since then that month has been known as the "Miracle March." So far, this March hasn't been as wet as that year, but water conditions have markedly improved since applications were mailed out. Let's hope that the forecast holds true, and that the rains keep coming.
Water Conditions: Current Lake Levels
For the most recent data regarding lake levels, click on the links below. (The following links will take you to the USGS website. Information is updated hourly)
Watch your mailbox for water applications that will be mailed out today. In order to receive surface water deliveries from the District, your application must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2016.
If you're an existing customer and produced crops in 2015, the field name, PUR number and parcel number will be listed on your application. If any of your contact information has changed, please write the correct information on your application.
Based on water storage conditions as of February 22, the District has planned an allocated irrigation season of of approximately 0.52 acre-feet per acre. You may also download a copy of the application by clicking HERE.
Indian Valley Campground Remains Closed
Campground facilities at Indian Valley remain closed due to the continued low water conditions at the reservoir.
The staff regrets any inconvenience that this may cause, and we look forward to reopening the facility when water conditions improve. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Reed at the District office.
Cache Creek Flows
The California Dept. of Water Resources monitors the level of water in Cache Creek at the bridge in Rumsey, California. For the most current creek level observation click here. (This will take you to the California/Nevada River Forecast Center website.)
The District has created photo albums to document and share events as they occur. To view these web albums click here.
Watch six weeks of Capay Dam construction in about a minute!
Yolo County Flood Control &
Water Conservation District
34274 State Highway 16
Woodland, CA 95695-9371
Yolo County students can enter their original artwork in the 2016 Water Awareness Student Art Contest. The competition is open to all Yolo County students from kindergarten to 6th grade; check out the flyer for all of the details on how to submit your artwork by clicking HERE
Indian Valley Campground & Boat Ramp-June 11, 2012
Quagga Mussel Screenings are required to launch a boat at Indian Valley.$1000 fine for failure to have a screening prior to launch.Screenings are not available at Indian Valley; for screening locations, please click here. (Lake County website link.)For more information regarding boat inspections click here for the Lake County website.
Online Archive for Cache Creek
An online catalogue of documents pertaining to Cache Creek and adjacent areas in Yolo and Lake counties has been made available through the Water Resources Center Archives. Users of the catalogue can locate technical reports, newsletters, maps, photographs and videos regarding Cache Creek. For a link to the Cache Creek catalogue click here.