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CW DMAG Update - January 2, 2007 Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) Drought Indicators

The following are the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) drought indicators as of January 2, 2007:

Storage Indicator (SI):     78.65%
Target Storage Index=     61%
Ratio=                           128.93% (Supports Normal)

Streamflow Indicator (six-month average versus historical six-month average):

   Ratio=                          125.8% (Supports Normal)

US Drought Monitor (three-month average):
Three-month Numeric Average= -1.00 (Supports Normal)

Groundwater Gages:
USGS Langtree current reading = 18.60 ft (Stage 0)
USGS Linville current reading = 1.99 ft (Normal)
NCDWR Glen Alpine reading = 8.20 ft (Stage 0)

The C-W Basin was in a Stage 1 at the end of November, 2006, and all indicators have to recover to move back up to a lower Stage, which they have. In order to move out of a LIP Stage to a lower Stage or Watch or Normal Stage, all groundwater gages need to recover to the lower stage also. One gage is in a normal reading, while two gages are reading Stage 0 Low Inflow Watch Stage. Therefore, the LIP will move to a Stage 0, Low Inflow Watch.

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