“Gov. Gavin Newsom officially declared a drought emergency Wednesday in one of the driest regions of California, the Russian River watershed in Northern California.
While the governor stopped short of declaring a statewide drought, the move makes various forms of drought assistance available for Sonoma and Mendocino counties and could allow the state to take swifter action on curtailing farmers and others from pulling water from the river.
Newsom issued the declaration during a visit to Lake Mendocino, whose water level is far lower than usual. He was accompanied by officials from the region who have been pleading for help in recent weeks. … “