US (CA): Humboldt County supervisors declare drought emergency

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure proclaiming a drought emergency Tuesday. The emergency proclamation opens the door for funding, immediate response and mitigation efforts to combat drying conditions that have contributed to low river flows and increased fire potential throughout the county.

Supervisors heard an hour-long presentation from the drought task force which was formed during the board’s May 25 meeting to monitor worsening drought conditions. The task force is comprised of officials from several local agencies and county departments.

Ryan Derby, the county’s emergency services manager, called the emergency proclamation “a necessary step to put (the county) on a productive and proactive path forward.”

“By proclaiming a local emergency proclamation for drought, this will signify to the entire community that we’re experiencing a crisis and are likely to see worsening impacts in the coming months,” Derby said. “… The drought proclamation that we have submitted today as part of our staff report provides a timeline of various local, state, tribal and federal emergency proclamations or designations for the county of Humboldt, as well as provide a brief synopsis of the current and projected impacts based in our county.”


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