California officially out of drought after 7 plus years


California’s seven year drought finally came to an end Thursday. 

Drought monitors announced the news, calling it a “great winter for the west.”

Experts said storms brought well above average rainfall helping build snow pack and filling reservoirs. 

“Even though we are out of it right now, we know it could be short lived,” Ryan Jacobsen CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau said. 

Jocobsen described California as perpetually on the edge of drought, but said that pushes the state forward. 

“California agriculture continues to innovate, tries to get as much of that water when available back into the ground water when possible, as well as continues to build the infrastructure that’s needed for both the population of the state as well as agricultural needs,” he said. 

The City of Fresno is now utilizing it’s largest infrastructure project to date — the Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility. 

“With our current water allocations this means we’re going to be able to fully operate that facility and make the best and highest use of those available surface water resources,” Michael Carbajal director of public utilities for the city of Fresno said. 

The facility draws from the Kings River, while saving ground water for future drought.

“It’s important not to lose sight that in a year like this where we have abundant water supply that we have to plan for the future we have to be conscientious about how we use water,” Carbajal said. 

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