Michael Shaw

Governor lifts drought emergency, retains ban on wasteful use

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 7, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In January of 2014 Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April of 2015, the Governor announced the first-ever statewide mandatory conservation goal and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies to make California more drought resilient.

As of the end of January 2017, nearly 40 percent of California was no longer considered to be in drought. As compared to the same time last year, this is a marked improvement when 100 percent of the state was in some level of drought.

Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or right after rainfall. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said Governor Brown. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”

Executive Order B-40-17  lifts the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects will continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies.

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