California Governor Newsom Issues Drought Proclamations

June 2021

Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Law and Regulation Reporter, Volume 1, Number 9

On April 21, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a State of Emergency Proclamation for Mendocino and Sonoma counties due to extremely dry conditions in the Russian River Watershed. Less than a month later, on May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom issued an expanded drought emergency proclamation to include the 39 additional counties that encompass the Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Tulare Lake watersheds. While Governor Newsom stopped short of declaring a statewide drought emergency, he directed state agencies to take immediate action to bolster drought resilience and prepare for impacts on communities, businesses, and ecosystems should dry conditions continue into the coming years.

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