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Supervisors Join Emergency Drought Proclamations

Nevada County Supervisors are the latest to approve the first emergency drought declaration in six years. Speaking to the Board at their Tuesday meeting, Office of Emergency Services Manager, Paul Cummings, says it’s driven by climate change, with the more immediate concern being the wildfire threat…

click to listen to Paul Cummings

Locally, Cummings says most of the county is under an Extreme Drought. And that, by definition, also affects local livestock pasture and feeding, agriculture cycles, and irrigation timing and availability. It also influences local vegetation and wildlife, stressing it and potentially making it susceptible to disease. Supervisors Sue Hoek and Dan Miller were among Board members who approved the declaration with little comment…

click to listen to Supervisors Hoek and Miller

A formal declaration enables the county to seek and utilize mutual aid, and obtain state and federal funds, if available. As of April 30th, the county’s rainfall total was only 47-percent of average. Governor Newsom made a similar proclamation on April 21st and the Nevada Irrigation District followed up a week later.

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