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Governor Newsom Declares Drought Emergency Across California

The governor's order frees up additional state funding to address the crisis as Newsom urges Californians to bolster water conservation efforts.
Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 20, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a drought emergency for the entire state. California is seeing one of its worst droughts since the late 1800s. Eighty percent of California residents are seeing the effects of record-low precipitation and high temperatures.

The governor is also urging residents to reduce water usage by as much as 15%. This comes as the state has been fighting numerous wildfires that have ravaged nearly 2.5 million acres of land.