Newsom Declares Drought Emergency Across California

Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a drought emergency for the entire state of California, as conservation efforts continue to fall far short of state targets.

Newsom also authorized California’s water regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks, and directed his Office of Emergency Services to fund drinking water as needed. But he stopped short of issuing any statewide conservation mandates. 

“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. 

Today’s announcement extends drought emergencies, already declared in 50 counties, to the eight remaining counties where conditions had thus far not been deemed severe enough: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, San Francisco and Ventura. 

The emergency declarations are aimed at easing responses to the deepening drought — such as emergency bottled water purchases or construction to bolster water supplies — by reducing environmental and other regulations. Under the proclamation, local water suppliers must begin preparing for the possibility of a dry year ahead.  

“We think we’ll be able to manage through this year,” said David Pettijohn, director of water resources at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “Next year is the issue. And we don’t know what the water year is going to look like. Nobody can predict the weather.”

But California’s water watchers say that without a conservation mandate, California is losing time, and water. “We know mandates are more effective than voluntary calls,” said Heather Cooley, director of research at the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank. “It takes time to ramp up, and because of the delay in asking Californians to save water this spring, we are further behind than we should be.” 

Conservation improving, but still short of goals 

New data released today by the State Water Resources Control Board reveals that Californians cut their water use at home by 5% in August compared to August 2020, an improvement over the reductions of less than 2% in July but still far short of the voluntary 15% cuts Newsom urged in July. 

The hard-hit North Coast, where the state’s first drought emergencies were declared in April, continued to show the biggest drops in household water use — with an 18.3% decrease compared to August of last year. Conservation numbers tapered off moving south, with the San Francisco Bay Area conserving nearly 10% more water than last August.  …

Click here to read the full article from CalMatters.org.

Comments

  1. Please tell me about all the reservoirs that were started or built since the last drought ended. This is California mismanagement! And the majority of Californians like it because they did not recall Newsom. I would write more but want to water my gardens. Then I might hose down my driveway.

  2. The govenment creates the problem.
    The government then proposes half-A$$ answer to solve the problem that the government created.
    And they tax us for the entire thing.

    They are only trying to get us to rise up so say can say we started uprising so they can being Marshall Law and the official takeover – all before the 2022 midterm election that they believe they will lose. So, they will plan something big before then, for sure.

  3. And you cannot forget about the dam’s that they had torn down saw that the water and the fish could swim in the water could flow freely to the ocean which is a waste of water they could’ve put those fish ladders or whatever they wanna call them so the fish could get around the dams to go to the ocean I believe it’s the salmon that do this long trip to the ocean then come back to spawn and then all the other water that they waste by sending it straight to the ocean instead of saving it in the state is just totally upside down by this governor I believe he would love nothing more than to be a dictator for the rest of his life for the state of California Between him and your legislatures your laws that have been passed or so communistic I don’t see how anybody can survive in that state businesswise is terrible but letting all that water that you guys need to flow straight to the ocean without saving it is totally insane.

    • Totally agree with you DJ! It is not fun state anymore! Living in this horrible run far left state gets harder and harder each month! I just don’t get it that these STUPID people of California did not hick out Newsom!!

  4. And you cannot forget about the dam’s that they had torn down sow that the water and the fish could swim in the water could flow freely to the ocean which is a waste of water they could’ve put those fish ladders or whatever they wanna call them so the fish could get around the dams to go to the ocean I believe it’s the salmon that do this long trip to the ocean then come back to spawn and then all the other water that they waste by sending it straight to the ocean instead of saving it in the state is just totally upside down by this governor I believe he would love nothing more than to be a dictator for the rest of his life for the state of California Between him and your legislatures your laws that have been passed or so communistic I don’t see how anybody can survive in that state businesswise is terrible but letting all that water that you guys need to flow straight to the ocean without saving it is totally insane.

  5. And you forget about the environmental a$$holes that won’t allow the height of the dams to be raised. Can you imagine how much MORE water could be impounded by raising Lake Shasta that feeds the Sacramento that waters most of the State?

  6. In my area (central coast) the new home building continues while statewide the influx of illegals and refugees continues. Drought emergency you say.

  7. Anderson Damn in Santa Clara County will be ten years to fix. Retrofit for earthquake. THEY BUILT A DAMN IN EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY OUT OF DIRT and NOT BUILT TO WITHSTAND EARTHQUAKES!

    And now that it’s raining, dumb ass Newscum declares an emergency!

    Wake up voters!

  8. Another “drought” in CA??? SHOCKING!
    So Newsom demands more water restrictions! Like getting down to your last can of beans and rationing the family to 2 beans per day until the can is empty, instead of going the store for more beans BEFORE running out, because driving causes climate change.
    Whatever happened to the 2014 WATER bond, Proposition 1, that provided $7.5 billion in funding?? Environmental lobbyists stop every effort to actually contain and retain water, and prefer to tear down another dam.

  9. It looks like the State might be in for a traditional rain event season. That means northern Calif. will get snow and rain. Southern Calif. will be in need of water.

    The comments above about stupid trains, ignoring public funded dams and more are the truth.

    Hey you radical Dem’s you are responsible for lousy forest management, and lousy social policies that include water. You voted for them. Isn’t it time you “pay” for failed policies. Like move to Australia?

  10. And let’s keep building more and more homes to increase tax revenues. Those new residents won’t need to use any water. And those sidewalks used as homeless toilets are going to be great if sidewalks can’t be washed. Skip that Covid booster, we will need typhus, typhoid and hepatitis vaccines more.

  11. Redbaroness says

    And let’s keep building more and more homes to increase tax revenues. Those new residents won’t need to use any water. And those sidewalks used as homeless toilets are going to be great if sidewalks can’t be washed. Skip that Covid booster, we will need typhus, typhoid and hepatitis vaccines more.

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