California governor declares end to drought emergency

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Brown's order maintains numerous conservation practices put in place in 2015, including mandatory reports on water usage, restrictions on using nonrecirculated water in fountains and bans on watering lawns within 48 hours of significant rainfall.

Though the drought has been declared over, Felicia Marcus of the State Water Board said it does not end the conservation regulations. Today's order also rescinds two emergency proclamations from January and April 2014 and four drought-related executive orders issued in 2014 and 2015. Jerry Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday, April 7, 2017, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state's driest four-year period on record. Brown said. "Conservation must remain a way of life". It also continues to require urban agencies to report their water use to the state.

California in 2017 saw above-average precipitation and snowpack, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a contributing factor to the state's decision to lift the drought emergency.

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Susan Atkins of the charity Self-Help Enterprises says the drought isn't over for hundreds of families with dry wells who still live on bottled water. Severely dry conditions that date back to 2012 reduced farm production in some regions, harmed wildlife and killed an estimated 100 million trees. Gov.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving almost 19 million people in six counties.

The full text of today's executive order can be found here. It was marked by extraordinary heat: 2014, 2015 and 2016 were California's first, second and third warmest year in terms of statewide average temperatures. 'We've got to plan for longer droughts'. The reversal was swift: As of this week, just 1 percent of the state is still in severe drought, compared to 74 percent of the state one year ago.