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File #: 22-696    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/27/2022 In control: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
On agenda: 7/12/2022 Final action:
Title: Approve Continuation of an Emergency Declaration for Drought Conditions
Sponsors: Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff, Water Resources
Attachments: 1. sheriff drought proclama_20210506174828, 2. 2021 drought emergency_20210506174916, 3. 2021 usda drought emerge_20210506174855
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Memorandum


Date: July 12, 2022

To: The Honorable Lake County Board of Supervisors

From: Brian L. Martin, Sheriff/Coroner/OES Director

Subject: Approve Continuation of a Proclamation of Emergency Declaration for Drought Conditions

Executive Summary:

Pursuant to Chapter 6, Article 1 of the Lake County Code empowers the Director of Emergency Services to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when Lake County is affected by, or likely to be affected by a public calamity and the Board of Supervisors is not in session. During the existence of this local emergency, the powers, functions and duties of the Director of Emergency Services and the emergency organization of the County shall be those prescribed by state law, and by ordinance and resolutions of this County, approved by the Board of Supervisors, and by the Lake Operational Area Emergency Operations Plan, as approved by the Board of Supervisors.

On April 21, 2021, the Governor of the State of California proclaimed a State of Emergency for the Counties of Sonoma and Mendocino due to extremely low reservoir levels and drought conditions. Inasmuch, Lake County water table levels are at significantly to critically low levels and are being continuously monitored.

Based upon low water levels, the County may have to consider measures to address the water shortages. These measures may include taking steps to conserve water by practicing water conservation efforts, including, but not limited to repairing leaking plumbing, limiting non-essential watering, limiting car washing, filling bathtubs halfway or less, using high-efficient appliances, reducing shower times, only washing full loads of laundry, turning off water when brushing teeth or shaving, planting drought resistant landscaping and implementing other practices that reduce water consumption. Short or long-term solutions are costly; however, the County may be eligible for State or Federal assistance should the need arise ...

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