Gov. Brown Declares Most of California Drought Free
Governor Jerry Brown declared that most of California is officially drought free on Friday, April 10th. However, four counties remain under the drought emergency. These four counties are Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne. Even though the above average rainfall this year has pulled most of the state out of the drought, agricultural experts are saying that the lack of groundwater in the Valley is the reason that the before mentioned counties are still under the drought emergency. However, some people are blaming a lack of water storage as the reason for the low levels of groundwater. Ryan Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, stated:
… This really is a man-made drought. This was an issue in which some of the environmental restrictions really put a damper on our ability to utilize surface supplies and therefore there’s been an over reliance on ground water that obviously we need to deal with now
Hopefully more rain this year will replenish the groundwater levels and more water storage efforts will be taken to increase water conservation.
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