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San Joaquin County Extends Its Drought Emergency

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio
 

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has voted to continue its drought emergency while other counties are looking at lifting conservation measures.
 
The county, which has been in a drought emergency since 2014, has seen levee breaks, rising rivers and flooding due to recent storms, but storing the runoff for groundwater is still a concern.
 
John Austin, a senior planner for the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services, says recharging the groundwater can't be easily accomplished.
 
"Getting out into the orchards and generally in the ground is a help, but it's not doing a lot in one rainy season to recharge," says Austin.
 
The County Office of Emergency Services says it will take years rather than one rainy season to recharge the groundwater. As a result, conservation rules will stay in effect.
 
"Don't run your showers forever, [and] still remember anything that's going down the drain isn't going back into where we need it," says Austin.