California Gov. Expands Drought Declaration to 41 Counties


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.”

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