By Matt Weiser
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 3:14 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 5:55 pm

California’s drought is over. But don’t get carried away.

That was the basic message in a proclamation issued today by Gov. Jerry Brown, which rescinds a statewide drought emergency declaration adopted in February 2009 by his predecessor.

The proclamation was timed with the latest statewide snow survey by the state Department of Water Resources, which found California’s snowpack at 165 percent of average for the season.

The snowpack provides one-third of all the water consumed in California by people, businesses and farms. Most of the rest comes from groundwater.

“While this season’s storms have lifted us out of the drought, it’s critical that Californians continue to watch their water use,” Brown said in a statement. “Drought or no drought, demand for water in California always outstrips supply. Continued conservation is key.”

History has shown that drought is part of the regular weather cycle in California. Even without shortages, conservation reduces utility bills, saves expenses by local utility agencies, and ensures adequate streamflow for fish and other environmental needs.

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