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As Rains Continue, State Extends Drought Regulations through Summer

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Craig Miller | The California Report

It might seem like California’s marathon drought is over, but state water regulators beg to differ.

Citing California’s notoriously capricious winter weather, the State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend the current water conservation rules through September.

“If the state were to drop everything now, the headline would be: ‘State drops all restrictions, drought’s over, go back to watering,’ said Max Gomberg, head of climate and conservation for the water board. “We don’t want to send that message.”

Despite a whole average winter’s worth of snow blanketing the Sierra, and major reservoirs packing double their volume of water from last year at this time, the water board’s new regulation reflects continued angst over the few months left in California’s wet season.

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