California Gov. Gavin Newsom has expanded a state of emergency to deal with the state’s worsening drought conditions.
- “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,” Newsom said in a statement.
- He added, “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.”
The state of emergency plan allows that State Water Resources Control Board to ban wasteful water uses and booster conservation efforts as the drought conditions continue.
- Eight counties were added to the drought state of emergency, including Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Ventura counties.
The decision comes after California experienced its second driest year in history, according to The New York Times.
- In fact, a report by the California Department of Water Resources group said that the 2021 water year was the driest since 1924 with just under 12 inches of rain and snow from October 2020 to September 2021.
Per The New York Times, the drought conditions make it more possible for wildfires to spread and cause damage across the West.