SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an official end to California’s drought as state water officials reported one of the wettest years of snow buildup in the Sierra Nevada.

Brown ended the state of emergency declared by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2009 after three relatively dry winters. Schwarzenegger had declared a statewide drought in June 2008.

The announcement came after the Department of Water Resources reported Wednesday that the water content in the statewide snowpack is 165 percent of average for this time of year. The snowpack also was slightly above average last year.

This year’s snowpack is 174 percent of normal in the north, 163 percent in the central Sierra and 158 percent in the southern part of the range. Sierra snow provides a third of California’s water.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. Jacquelope says:

    Ok so when do we back off on the water meters scam?

    1. disgusted says:

      They won’t back off, DWR will release enough water from Folsom lake to put us in a drought again.

  2. Codee14 says:


    The drought is not over until the State makes changes to the State employees benefits received. Until this happens we will always be in a drought.

    I wish I could afford to give my staff 26 paid days off in the first year of employment and an addtional 12 days without pay. WOW 38 days of time off the first year you are a State employee.

    Fix the problem and quit “Kicking the can down the road”

    You went from voters will vote in June and now they will vote in November because no one is buying the BS.

  3. Fred says:

    Well Hooray for JB! He may not be able to sort out a budget, but he has the power to end droughts!

  4. cardaddy says:

    Hello mate! I really appreciate what you’re writing here. Keep working that way.

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