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2009 Drought Actions
Following two critically dry years, 2009 has the potential to be one of the most severe drought years in California’s recorded history. Water supplies in major reservoirs and many groundwater basins are already well below average. Court-ordered restrictions on water deliveries from the Delta have significantly reduced supplies from the state’s two largest water systems. Climate change is reducing mountain snowpack – a critical source of natural water storage. Finally, California’s population is growing rapidly, but our statewide water system has not kept pace.
Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a comprehensive water plan to address the long term water needs of the state. Earlier this summer, he issued an executive order to address the statewide drought and declared a drought emergency for much of the Central Valley. In response to the Governor’s executive order, The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is implementing a number of actions now in preparation for a potentially dry 2009 and beyond.
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Governor Proclaims Drought, Orders Immediate Action to Address Situation
Today, following two consecutive years of below-average rainfall, very low snowmelt runoff and the largest court-ordered water transfer restrictions in state history, Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought and issue an Executive Order directing immediate state action to deal with the crisis. With increasingly dry conditions statewide, communities are now mandating water conservation and rationing, fire danger has grown, agriculture is facing catastrophic crop losses, urban and rural economies have been harmed due to development restrictions and drought conditions could degrade water quality in some regions. Last month, the final Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow survey of 2008 showed snowpack water content at only 67 percent of normal and the runoff forecast at only 55 percent of normal and conditions continue to worsen across California.
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