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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/21/2021 09:37 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/21/2021 09:37 AM
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Governor Newsom Expands Drought Emergency Statewide, Urges Californians to Redouble Water Conservation Efforts

Sacramento, CA...Proclamation authorizes State Water Board to ban wasteful water uses, boosting conservation efforts.  Following the second driest year on record and with near record low storage in California’s largest reservoirs, Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation extending the drought emergency statewide and further urging Californians to step up their water conservation efforts as the western U.S. faces a potential third dry year.

Bolstering conservation efforts, the proclamation enables the State Water Resources Control Board to ban wasteful water practices, including the use of potable water for washing sidewalks and driveways. The Governor issued an executive order in July calling on Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 to protect water reserves and complement local conservation mandates. The Governor’s action today comes as the Board reports that in August, California reduced urban water use by 5 percent compared to 2020.

“As the western U.S. faces a potential third year of drought, it’s critical that Californians across the state redouble our efforts to save water in every way possible,” said Governor Newsom. “With historic investments and urgent action, the state is moving to protect our communities, businesses and ecosystems from the immediate impacts of the drought emergency while building long-term water resilience to help the state meet the challenge of climate change impacts making droughts more common and more severe.”

A copy of today’s proclamation can be found here.

The proclamation adds the eight counties not previously included in the drought state of emergency: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Ventura. In addition, the proclamation requires local water suppliers to implement water shortage contingency plans that are responsive to local conditions and prepare for the possibility of a third dry year.

Expanding the Save Our Water initiative, a critical resource during the last drought, California has launched robust water conservation public education campaigns in partnership with stakeholders, including public water agencies. Statewide per capita residential water use declined 21 percent between 2013 and 2016 and as of 2020, the urban sector is using approximately 16 percent less on average statewide than in 2013. The Administration will continue to monitor the evolving drought conditions and evaluate all tools available to respond in real-time.

California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures. August 2021 was the driest and hottest August on record since reporting began and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record. Today’s proclamation authorizes the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance and funding under the California Disaster Assistance Act to support the emergency response and delivery of drinking water and water for public health and safety.

The Governor’s California Comeback Plan invests $5.2 billion over three years to support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience, including $815 million for emergency drought relief projects to secure and expand water supplies, drought contingency planning and multi-benefit land repurposing projects; support for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities; Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation to improve water supply security and quality; and projects to support wildlife and habitat restoration efforts, among other nature-based solutions.

More information on the state’s response to the drought and informational resources available to the public are available at


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Posted on: 2021-10-21 10:10:57   By: Anonymous
Make it rain : The Great and Noble Gavin has spoken

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    Re: Dud
    Posted on: 2021-10-21 11:19:38   By: Anonymous

    Recall Newsom

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      Re: Dud
      Posted on: 2021-10-21 12:18:56   By: Anonymous
      Newsom is making it rain, the next 5 days or so.

      Great job Gavin!

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        Re: Dud
        Posted on: 2021-10-22 07:36:57   By: Anonymous
        Gawd he is so handsome.

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    Re: Dud
    Posted on: 2021-10-21 11:35:47   By: Anonymous
    What a dip*bleep* wearing his mask outside even though he is vaccinated.....he only does this for photo opps.........I was not born yesterday. Auntie Pelosi trained her favorite nephew be a good boy.

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      Re: Dud
      Posted on: 2021-10-22 07:37:41   By: Anonymous
      Yeah, but you were born in Calaveras. Same difference.

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    Re: Dud
    Posted on: 2021-10-21 12:46:41   By: Anonymous
    “With historic investments and urgent action"
    Historic Investment, hmmm...

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      Re: Dud
      Posted on: 2021-10-21 18:53:54   By: Anonymous
      Wearing his mask outside.
      Antivaxxers and antimaskers need to get a clue. The vaccine and mask are meant to protect the vulnerable, not the mask wearer or vaccinated.

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Posted on: 2021-10-21 12:13:08   By: Anonymous
Winters coming.

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Posted on: 2021-10-21 17:14:56   By: Anonymous
Who’s the ho in the white top with big feeders?

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    Posted on: 2021-10-21 17:15:38   By: Anonymous
    Let’s dam up more rivers now

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      Posted on: 2021-10-21 21:17:55   By: Anonymous

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What a Puppet
Posted on: 2021-10-23 18:34:44   By: Anonymous
Maybe, just maybe he will keep some of the water Ca gets this winter for the people of Ca. The amount of water we received in 2017 (when all the reservoirs were at and over capacity, Shasta Dam ring a bell) should of lasted 6-10 years based on historical data. However the idiot opened all the gates and let the water flow to the bay to save a fish or salamander or who the heck knows. Either way he has ruined San Francisco, now Ca.

Before you whine about left or right I’m neither only a born and raised Californian who has witnessed the demise of Ca over the last 40 years due to ALL of the Politicians.

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