State Drought Levels Fall Dramatically

A new report issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week says that less than 20 percent of California is currently experiencing drought conditions – the lowest percentage since 2011. Just three months ago that number was more than 70%.

Recent rains across the state have led to widespread flooding and road closures, leading many to believe that the drought is over. But the drought and its effects persist in some places and policies. Groundwater supply in the Central Valley is still dangerously low.
Earlier this month, the State Water Board extended emergency drought regulations, possibly until at least May; effectively saying that the statewide drought continues. Bay Planning Coalition and its Water, Energy & Infrastructure Committee will continue to monitor the Board’s actions.
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