California Gov. Newsom Declares Drought Emergency In Two Bay Area Counties

On Wednesday, April 21st, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Gov. Newsom filmed his announcement at what is supposed to be 40 ft. under water in the Mendocino Lake, displaying nothing but dry land.

Newsom states that Lake Mendocino is currently at 43% of it's capacity and nearby Lake Sonoma is at 62%. He also mentions,

"The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting dryer... we need to think, act with a sense of urgency, think differently, and approach the challenges with a laser like recognition."

Additionally, Marin County just announced drought water-use restrictions will be put in place starting May 1st. These restrictions include:

  • Watering lawns once a week
  • Backyard pools will no be refilled
  • No washing cars at home

Failure to abide by these new restrictions will result in fines ranging rom $25 - $250. More information available here.

Looks like it's time to start conserving water!

Photo Source: Getty Images

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