California Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the state's drought emergency after the state experienced one of the wettest winters on record, according to the Associated Press. The drought had severe implications for the ecosystem--straining native fish that migrated up rivers, killing millions of trees, and forcing farmers in the are to rely on groundwater.
The emergency's lifting comes nearly four years after it had been declared in 2014.
"This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," Brown said in a statement. "Conservation must remain a way of life."
Gov. Brown lifted the order in all California countries except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne.
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A steady progression of more consistent rainfall led regulators last year to begin relaxing the rules. But the monstrosity of this year's winter storms eradicated nearly all signs of drought.
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