Feb 28, 2016

Weak El Niño fails to fix California’s drought

California
USA
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Editorial
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Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses water conservation after a meeting last year with city mayors. The state has since fallen behind on mandated savings, thanks to overconfidence in El Niño and warmer-than-expected weather this month. Photo: Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses water conservation after a meeting last year with city mayors. The state has since fallen behind on mandated savings, thanks to overconfidence in El Niño and warmer-than-expected weather this month. Photo: Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee

This El Niño winter has so far delivered only half the precipitation that had fallen by now during the last two big El Niño years.

Meanwhile, the state’s urban water districts have blown their conservation mandates for four straight months, dragging the state below the 25 percent cut Gov. Jerry Brown ordered last summer