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Image: With water being diverted upstream, the Kern River in Bakersfield, Calif., is expected to remain dry. Reserve wells were opened this week in Kern County.
Story: Governor declares drought in California and warns of rationing - Its reservoir levels receding and its grounds parched, California has fallen officially into drought. The state might be forced to ration water to cities and regions if conservation efforts do not improve. Drought conditions have hampered farming, increased water rates throughout California and created potentially dangerous conditions in areas prone to wildfires. The declaration comes after THE DRIEST CALIFORNIA SPRING IN 88 YEARS, with runoff in river basins that feed most reservoirs at 41% of average levels. It stops short of a water emergency, which would probably include mandatory rationing. The state’s snowpack water content was 67 percent of average, and the Colorado River Basin, from which California draws some water, is coming off a record eight-year drought, contributing to the drop in reservoir storage.
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