Newsom Outlines Actions to Respond to Drought, Issues Regional Emergency

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Russian River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino counties where water reservoirs are at record lows to announce a series of immediate actions to bolster the state’s drought resilience and prepare for widespread drought-related impacts.

Among other actions, Governor Newsom directed state agencies to work with regional and local governments to identify watersheds, communities, public water systems, and ecosystems that may require coordinated state-and-local actions to address drought impacts and protect residents. The Governor additionally proclaimed a regional drought emergency for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, further mobilizing state resources to address historically dry conditions in the Russian River watershed.

Additional information is available here. The Governor’s regional emergency proclamation is available here.