Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared the drought over in all but four California counties.
State agencies also released a long-term plan to better prepare the state for future droughts and make conservation a California way of life, the governor's office said. Brown said. "Conservation must remain a way of life".
Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California's drought Friday, following an extremely wet winter and now wet spring.
California is lifting its drought emergency for most of the state after a winter of record rain and snowfall that followed a five-year dry spell.
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California officials have credited residents for doing their part to conserve water by taking shorter showers and ripping out grass lawns to install landscaping that requires minimal irrigation, among other measures.
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At the drought's peak, citizens were urged to cut shower times and outdoor watering.
Monster storms this winter doused the Sierra Nevada Mountains with a record snowpack, a key California water source, and boosted reservoirs to normal levels.
Despite the drought's impact on water supplies, farm income has surprisingly grown over the past several years. "We've seen a tremendous shift in the way the public thinks about and uses water, and we are confident that will continue with the ongoing efforts by local water agencies and the statewide Save Our Water program".
FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, snow falls on a meadow near the site where the Department of Water Resources conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif. Gov. "And we have to be concerned about the groundwater supply", which was taxed during the drought. Cities and water districts throughout the state will be required to continue reporting their water use each month, said the governor's order, which also bans wasteful practices, such as hosing off sidewalks and running sprinklers when it rains. The reversal was swift: As of this week, just 1 percent of the state is still in severe drought, compared to 74 percent of the state one year ago.
But what's really disturbing is that most of that water - billions of gallons of it - flowed unchecked into the ocean because California hasn't gotten around to ensuring there are enough ways to capture and store it. A year earlier, almost three-quarters of California was in "severe drought" or worse.