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California Governor Speeds Up Drought Plan, Stops Short of Restrictions

Newsom says plan will boost supplies in the face of projected shortages due to a hotter, drier climate. 

Lake Mendocino during a drought in Mendocino County, California, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. 

Lake Mendocino during a drought in Mendocino County, California, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

California Governor Gavin Newsom released a new plan designed to boost water supplies in the face of worsening droughts brought on by climate change, although he stopped short of calling for mandatory statewide home water-use restrictions. 

The Democratic governor said the new strategy will focus on capturing and storing more water runoff from big storms, recycling, desalination projects and conservation. The actions are needed in light of recent state projections indicating that water supplies could fall 10% by 2040 due to hotter, drier weather, he said.