Governor Jerry Brown declared a state drought emergency for California last week – California Governor Declares Drought. So far we are experiencing one of the driest winters on record following two dry years resulting in depleted reservoirs state wide. State officials were ordered to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. Gov. Brown called on all residents to reduce water usage by 20%.
As water becomes scarce issues of water rights will become more prominent. I have posted an excellent article by Brian Morris, Siskiyou County Council, and previously Plumas County Flood Control District Manager – WATER RIGHTS – Brian Morris. This article provides an excellent overview of water rights, who has them and what could preempt them.
Direct impacts of the drought and the Governor’s declaration on Plumas County and the Almanor Basin are as yet unknown. I will be posting information regarding water issues as they develop in the coming months.
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