California governor: Drought over, conservation must go on

A bicyclist rides along a flooded street on Feb. 17 2017 in Sun Valley California
A bicyclist rides along a flooded street on Feb. 17 2017 in Sun Valley California
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08 April, 2017

Brown's announcement does away with his 2014 drought emergency order that set in place strict water use guidelines that were unprecedented in the state's history.

The state's latest water conservation plan is a necessary next step to move the state toward a more sustainable water future, but it has at least one glaring flaw-it fails to include real changes that would conserve more water in agriculture, California's largest water user. Brown said. "Conservation must remain a way of life". Achieving the plan's goals will help all of California better prepare for longer and more severe droughts caused by climate change, as directed by the Governor's May Executive Order.

After years of living under drought conditions, California residents could breathe a collective sigh of relief Friday morning when Governor Jerry Brown declared that the state's drought was officially over.

California's drought ran from the 2012 to 2016 water years, with 2012 to 2015 being the state's driest years on record.

This increase in precipitation is due to an increase of atmospheric river storms that brought water from the tropics up to California.

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Stay with KCRA for updates. We also understand the need for continued water waste prohibitions and reporting requirements as a "bridge" to permanent measures under the long-term conservation framework issued in final form today.

"The drought reduced farm production in some regions, killed an estimated 100 million trees, harmed wildlife and disrupted drinking water supplies for many rural communities", Brown's statement read.

About 8 percent of California is still under some type of drought, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report. "Efficiency is the cheapest and smartest way to extend our water resources". ACWA also manages Save Our Water - the state's official water conservation outreach program - in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources.

The rest of the state shouldn't forget water-saving strategies either. Many have swapped out lawns for drought-tolerant landscapes, attached low-flow shower and faucet heads and have ratted on their neighbors for running sprinklers during a rain storm or nonwatering days.

Gov. Brown declared a drought state of emergency over three years ago on January 17, 2014. "And we have to be concerned about the groundwater supply", which was taxed during the drought.


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