California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation Tuesday to expand the state’s drought emergency to include the entire state following the second-driest year on record. The proclamation (pdf) added the eight counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, and Ventura to include all remaining counties in the state. “As the western U.S. faces a potential third year of drought, it’s critical that Californians across the state redouble our efforts to save water in every way possible,” Newsom said in a statement. “With historic investments and urgent action, the state is moving to protect our communities, businesses and ecosystems from the immediate impacts of the drought emergency while building long-term water resilience to help the state meet the challenge of climate change impacts making droughts more common and more severe.” The governor’s press release noted August 2021 was the driest August on record, ending the …


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