Following years of drought conditions, California’s governor Jerry Brown declared on Friday that the California drought emergency is over for the majority of the state. The announcement comes nearly 6 years after the drought took hold.
The state’s drought emergency has officially ended for all but the following four Central California counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne.
“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Gov. Brown said in a statement on Friday.
A recent snowpack survey in the Sierra found that the snowpack is at 160% of normal with 18 feet of standing snow. In fact, the snowpack is just 5 inches from setting an all-time record.