The Latest: California misses water conservation target

The Latest: California misses water conservation target

FRESNO, California (AP) – The Latest on California’s drought (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Officials say residents of drought-plagued California fell just short of the state’s mandated water conservation target in February.

Officials said Monday that Californians used nearly 24 percent less water in the month, missing the 25 percent water cuts ordered last year for urban users by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the state water board, says Californians did a good job saving water, despite coming up short of the goal.

California is now in the fifth year of drought, even though an El Nino weather system delivered a near-average year of rain and snow.

Officials say that might impact the conservation order that has led to shorter showers and brown lawns in parts of the state.

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12:40 a.m.

State regulators say water conservation orders calling for shorter showers and brown lawns could be lifted for some Californians even as drought lingers for a fifth year.

Officials at the State Water Resources Control Board say they’ll open a discussion Monday on the next steps for the drought emergency. Gov. Jerry Brown last year instituted strict conservation orders. The recent El Nino weather system eased the drought in some parts of the state.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the state water board, says one possible change is to relax – or drop – water restrictions for El Nino-soaked Northern Californians.

She says rules for residents of drier Southern California could remain in place.

On Monday, the state releases conservation figures for February.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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