Drought Emergency Declared in Sonoma County

Sonoma County supervisors voted unanimously last week to proclaim a local drought emergency. The move follows a state declaration of emergency for Sonoma and Mendocino counties and the announcement of new conservation mandates in Marin.

Sonoma officials want residents to prepare for potential water use restrictions. To help prevent that, they’re asking everyone to use 20% to 25% less water than usual.

"We're in for a long, dry summer, obviously," Supervisor David Rabbitt said, "and we're all going to have to do our part to stay on top of this thing” (Government Technology).

They’re also hoping for more money from the state and federal government and calling for a presidential disaster declaration from Joe Biden.

The current drought started off as a Northern California problem, but it has now expanded to nearly the entire state. The latest reports put 97.5% of California in some form of drought.

Senate Democrats introduced a $3.4 billion plan to address the looming crisis on Thursday. Read more about the proposed relief package here.