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Citing Sierra Nevada snowpack levels at the lowest in 65 years, California governor Jerry Brown has imposed statewide water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history, according to news reports.
In early March, measurements of the water content in the northern Sierra Nevada snowpack found an average of 4.4 inches, just 16 percent of the historical average for the date. Central and southern Sierra readings were similar, at 5.5 inches and 5 inches and 20 percent and 22 percent respectively.