Brown proclaims drought over in state

2:53 PM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Brown has declared an end to California's drought after an above-normal Sierra snowpack this past winter.

However, Brown urged Californians to continue to conserve water because the state's water fortunes can quickly change.

In its most recent snowpack water content survey, the California Department of Water Resources measured the mountain snowpack at 165 percent of the seasonal average. In addition, the state's major reservoirs are also above average storage levels. Lake Shasta measures 111 percent of average (91 percent of capacity) and Lake Oroville is 104 percent of average (holding 80 percent of its capacity.)

DWR figures it will able to deliver at least 70 percent of requested water this year.

It will be up to individual communtiies to determine whether to keep conservation measures in place.

Gov. Schwarzenegger proclaimed a drought in California in June 2008.


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