After a season when “tons” of water saturated the dry Golden State, filling or overflowing rivers, lakes and reservoirs, California Gov. Jerry Brown finally lifted the drought declaration, notes Grumpy Editor.
Brown declared the emergency in 2014 and officials later ordered mandatory conservation for the first time in state history.
But now, brown grass has given way to green and residents, with lifted restrictions, can now take longer showers.
However, rather than building more reservoirs to cope with increased water usage from growing population and more farming, keeping an eye on conservation will continue, say state officials who don’t seem to be concerned about precious Golden State water being wasted by flowing to the Pacific Ocean.
Over recent months, billions of gallons of water are being released from lakes and rivers, even including the Los Angeles River, to avert flooding. Some areas discharge water to protect endangered smelt and salmon.
Water conservation will be a way of life in California, reminds Felicia Marcus, who heads the State Water Resources Control Board. “This drought has been one for the record books, but it won’t be our last or longest,” she predicts.
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