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California Gov. Expands Drought Declaration to 41 Counties

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California Gov. Expands Drought Declaration to 41 Counties
Dry boat docks are seen at Folsom Lake on May 10, 2021 in El Dorado Hills, California, as the lake is currently at 38 percent of normal capacity. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

California governor Gavin Newsom expanded an emergency drought declaration from two to 41 of the state's 58 counties on Monday.


About 40 million people, around 30% of the state's population, now live under a drought emergency that Newsom said is likely to expand.

"The hots are getting a lot hotter in this state, the dries are getting a lot drier," Newsom said.

"We have a conveyance system, a water system, that was designed for a world that no longer exists."

For a deeper dive:

AP, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, CAL Matters, Mercury News, Deadline, Axios, Reuters, The Hill; Climate Signals background: Drought, Wildfires

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