Gov. Jerry Brown Lifts Drought Emergency For Most Of California

Conservation must remain a way of life.' Edmund G. Today's order also rescinds two emergency proclamations from January and April 2014 and four drought-related executive orders issued in 2014 and 2015.

Incidentally, celebrations of another nature are in order for Governor Brown today.

According to the press release, the state will still require urban areas to report their water usage to the state Water Resources Control Board and will continue to enforce against "wasteful practices" such as "watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians". Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties have ongoing emergency drinking water projects meant to address diminished groundwater supplies, according to the governor's statement. The damage will continue to affect the state for years, the governor stated.

A long-term plan to brace California for future droughts was also announced Friday, by the Department of Water Resources.

Earlier this week, the Sacramento Bee reported that Californians are still conserving water, in spite of the heavy precipitation.

In addition to forcing cutbacks in agricultural production, the drought killed some 100 million trees, harmed wild animals and affected drinking supplies for some rural communities.

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Abella made this announcement in a statement issued on Wednesday, a day after Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Abella said the announcement was made at the end of the 14th Cabinet Meeting that was held in Malacanang on Monday night.

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.

You can read Brown's full order here.

The drought that began in 2012 included the four driest years on record for California.

The state has been in drought conditions for the last five years, a pattern that put strain on residents and businesses.

More than 31 percent of California was in the most severe category - exceptional drought - in April 2016. To advance the priorities of the Water Action Plan and respond to drought, the voters passed a comprehensive water bond, the Legislature appropriated and accelerated funding and state agencies accelerated grants and loans to water projects.

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