California Now 60% Drought-Free For The 1st Time in Many Years
More than 60% is officially drought-free, State officials reconsider mandatory conservation measures.
After many, many years of brown lawns, and millions of dead trees, California has reached a point where most of the state is officially drought-free.
The state’s snowpack is now at 193% the average for this time of year compared to 2 years ago when the snowpack was well under 10%, the most diminished snowpack in centuries.
The end of the drought across much of the state has officials debating whether to halt the mandatory conservation measures Californians have grown accustomed to.
A series of atmospheric events brought wave after wave of storms that deposited record rainfall and snow on communities across the state in a January.
As a result, now 61% of the state is officially drought-free, and no part of the state is under the “exceptional drought” category, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
State water officials are expected to decide early next month whether to extend the measures, which are scheduled to expire at the end of February.
Much of Ventura County and pockets of Los Angeles, Kern and Santa Barbara remain in “extreme drought” while the counties from Orange to San Joaquin remain in severe to moderate drought. And many reservoirs in the state are far from full.
Water officials and climatologists remain cautiously optimistic.
Even during the recent drought years, California had strong starts to the rainy season only to see the storms fizzle and the Winter end with reservoirs as low as ever. Other times, unusually warm conditions caused the snowpack to melt too quickly to adequately replenish the state’s water supply.
There are still 3 months left in the state’s rainy season and reason to hope that the remainder of the state could become drought-free.
Until California is completely out of drought, there are measures you can take to help conserve water.
Monitor weather forecasts and be sure to turn off automatic sprinklers before the next storm. You can also make use of a rain barrel, taking advantage of rebates offered by most water districts.
Remember, always conserve water.
Have a terrific weekend.
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