Gov. Jerry Brown has lifted California's
drought emergency following one of the
wettest winters in years.
The announcement Friday ends Brown's 2014
emergency declaration during California's
driest four-year period on record. It led to
the first conservation rules for the
nation's most populated and agriculturally
productive state, focused on turning off
sprinklers and ripping out thirsty lawns.
Monster storms this winter doused the
Sierra Nevada with a record snowpack, a key
California water source, and boosted
reservoirs to normal levels.
Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State
Water Board, says the governor's move
doesn't end water conservation in
Susan Atkins of the charity Self-Help
Enterprises says the drought isn't over for
hundreds of families with dry wells who
still live on bottled water.