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Sacramento Sees Rain After Record Dry Stretch

 
Sacramento Sees Rain After Record Dry Stretch
Posted January 29th, 2014 @ 6:13pm by KFBK News

The historic, record-breaking 52 days without winter rain in the Sacramento region is officially over with today's precipitation.

California is in its worst drought in our state's history so every drop is needed.

About a quarter of an inch is expected to fall between today and Thursday with up to a foot in the Sierra.

President Barack Obama called Gov. Jerry Brown today to get an update on the drought situation in California. According to a White House email, the president expressed his concern for the citizens impacted by our historic drought.  Conditions he says are likely to have significant impacts on the state’s communities, economy and environment in the coming months.

The President reinforced his commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts. The agencies are working together to target resources to help California and other impacted states prepare for and lessen the impacts of the drought. USDA is also working with farmers and ranchers to increase their irrigation water efficiency.

However...

At least 17 water districts across California face the frightening possibility of running out of water as a result of the drought.  As KCBS's Matt Bigler reports many communities are asking residents to cut back water usage immediately.

This report from the state department of water resources finds at least 17 water districts could run dry in a matter of months and more communities could soon follow.  In the Bay Area that means the Lompico County Water District near Felton and the districts that serve Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.  Those areas rely heavily on ground water runoff.

"Basically there's very little runoff this year and the public who are out there looking at local reservoirs or looking at the creek; it's dry, and it will continue to be dry," said Joan Maher with the Santa Clara Valley water district which yesterday joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in asking residents to reduce water usage by at least 10%. 

California is in the worst drought in the history of the state.

 

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