A drone view shows the water level at Lake Oroville recorded at 700.99 feet, with a reservoir storage of 1,262,203 acre-feet at the Butte County, California site. Photo taken February 4, 2021. Photo by Andrew Innerarity / DWR
THIS JUST IN … Gavin Newsom declares a drought emergency – but it’s limited to two counties in California
“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. … “