California governor declares historic drought over _ for now

The announcement comes after one of the state's wettest seasons on record. Today's order also rescinds two emergency proclamations from January and April 2014 and four drought-related executive orders issued in 2014 and 2015.

Brown is making permanent the bans on wasteful water practices, like hosing off sidewalks, and requiring water agencies to continue to report their water use every month to the state.

"Our customers around the state took the drought seriously and reduced their water use by 26 percent", said Richard Svindland, President of California American Water.

"There's a societal change in our attitudes - not just about watering use but what makes for a handsome outdoor ornamental landscape that's part and parcel of a major mind-set shift for many Californians", said Marcus.

The drought declaration remains in effect in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties where emergency drinking water projects are underway.

Susan Atkins of the charity Self-Help Enterprises says the drought isn't over for hundreds of families with dry wells who still live on bottled water.

Throughout the plan development process, state agencies have expressed confidence that implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will do more to improve efficiency in agriculture than revising the water management planning process.

The drought has strained the farming communities in the state and is estimated to have killed more than 100 million trees. "This plan will help California end the cycle of lurching from one water crisis to the next and ensure our communities and economy can continue to thrive in an uncertain climate reality". Officials said the damages done from the drought will linger for years. Jerry Brown on Friday lifted many conservation orders after a wild winter brought heaps of snow and rain to the parched Golden State.

"Yes, we've backed off the emergency part", she said. "This could mean the ground water dried up or was contaminated". That's also 11.25 percent of the total 66 million gallons of water delivered throughout the state during the crisis, according to Brown's executive order. It was marked by extraordinary heat: 2014, 2015 and 2016 were California's first, second and third warmest year in terms of statewide average temperatures. Farmers pumped groundwater relentlessly during the worst of the drought, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley, even as they idled hundreds of thousands of acres because of water shortages.

Westbrook said the snowpack in the watershed that feeds Pinecrest Reservoir, the main holding tank for TUD's annual water supply, is about 200 percent of normal for this date.

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