Gov. Jerry Brown Lifts Drought Emergency For Most Of California
Jerry Brown Lifts Drought Emergency For Most Of California.
It has been quite a while since Californians have seen such green.
Riding the coattails of an unseasonably wet season, some valleys have become riots of color, deserts have been blanketed with blooms so suffusive they earn the word "super" — and the state’s officials have taken notice.
Jerry Brown signed an executive order Friday lifting California’s drought emergency in all but four counties.
That emergency had been in place since 2014; now, only Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties remain under the emergency’s much-diminished umbrella.
"This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," Brown said in a statement.
Despite the end of the emergency, California will maintain several water restrictions of the past two years.
The consequences of millions of dead trees and the diminished groundwater basins will continue to challenge areas of the state for years."