Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 21-0488    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Approval Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/14/2021 In control: Executive Office
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action:
Title: Discussion and Possible Action Including Adoption of a Resolution Declaring a Local Emergency and Imminent Threat of Disaster in Mendocino County Due to Drought Conditions; and Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board to Work on Drought Related Issues (Sponsor: Executive Office)
Attachments: 1. Resolution 21-051, 2. Resolution

TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: Executive Office
MEETING DATE: April 20, 2021


DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Carmel J. Angelo, CEO
PHONE:
463-4441


ITEM TYPE: Regular Agenda

TIME ALLOCATED FOR ITEM: 30 Minutes


AGENDA TITLE:
title
Discussion and Possible Action Including Adoption of a Resolution Declaring a Local Emergency and Imminent Threat of Disaster in Mendocino County Due to Drought Conditions; and Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board to Work on Drought Related Issues
(Sponsor: Executive Office)
End

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
recommendation
Adopt Resolution declaring a local emergency and imminent threat of disaster in Mendocino County due to drought conditions; and create an ad hoc committee of the Board to work on drought related issues; and authorize Chair to sign same.
End

PREVIOUS BOARD/BOARD COMMITTEE ACTIONS:
On January 7, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution declaring a local emergency due to drought conditions. The BOS received a presentation on April 12, 2021 about the current drought conditions.

SUMMARY OF REQUEST:
Mendocino County is in the midst of an historic drought with the water levels in our reservoirs and wells at extremely low levels. In the presentation to the Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2021, CalFire Chief Gonzalez stated that the well serving CalFire's Covelo unit is close to dry. There are concerns in other areas of the County too. Declaring a local emergency may allow flexibility in water transportation, greater emphasis on water conservation measures and access to additional funding streams to combat the drought. This is a proactive approach and may provide support in whatever way possible to preserve all of our water sources. A declaration of drought emergency may bring additional state and federal resources, including funding, to Mendocino County.

It is also recommended that with or without a local drought declaration, the BOS create an ad hoc committee to facilitate coordination e...

Click here for full text