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Governor expected to declare end to California drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to declare an end to California's 3-year-old drought.

The announcement is expected Wednesday, after completion of the state's final snow survey.

Heavy snow and drenching rains have left California reservoirs at high levels. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was 159 percent of normal as of Friday.

Still, the governor's office says in a statement Monday that it is critical that Californians continue to conserve water.

The Los Angeles Times says the drought ended from a hydrological perspective last year. But state officials say they wanted to wait until reservoir storage recovered.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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