What’s next for California now that Gov. Jerry Brown has declared drought over?

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Governor Brown during snow measurement 2015Current conditions in California are far different than when Gov. Brown took part in a 2015 snowpack measurementUPDATE, May 2, 2017: The final seasonal survey by California officials in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows snowpack is twice its normal level.

April 11, 2017: California Gov. Jerry Brown on April 7 lifted the emergency drought declaration in place since January 2014, thanks to record rain and snow storms that replenished water reserves to end six years of historic drought in California.

The Governor, however, signaled that drought awareness remains paramount. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," Brown said in a statement. "Conservation must remain a way of life."

Snowpack levels recently measured at 164% of average also mean that California now faces a different challenge, as the state prepares to deal with flooding caused by the melting snow. In addition, Gov. Brown's administration is working on plans to encourage more water conservation and the state water board is developing more specific water budgets for urban areas.

Western Governors have long worked to manage the impact of drought. WGA, under the leadership of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, embarked on the Western Governors’ Drought Forum in 2014. The Drought Forum fostered a regional dialogue in which states shared best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management to create an online resource library. Learn more by reading about regional Initiative meetings, watching webinars, and checking out case studies, best practices, and other resources.

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Read the Western Governors' Drought Forum Report, which is arranged around seven key themes that emerged during the first year of the Forum, and view a video update.

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