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California Drought Task Force Says Recent Storms Not Enough

Max Pringle / CPRN
 

Max Pringle / CPRN

Richard Stapler with the California Natural Resources Agency says the recent stormy weather just wasn’t enough.

“It has barely made a dent in what California requires for any given year,” says Stapler. “We’ve had two previous very dry years. This year we’re in record territory as far as lack of precipitation.”

Stapler says the latest snowpack measurements are at just 20-percent of normal for this time of year.

Drought-stricken farmers will get state and federal help to drill groundwater wells.

The state will also temporarily order northern reservoirs to preserve more water than usual. That would allow fresh water to continue through the San Francisco Bay Delta. People, fish and animals depend on that water.

 

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