Rain finally made its way to the West Coast around Thanksgiving and continued into December, providing much-needed water for drought-stricken California. Although major spring rainstorms will be required to bring the state out of its current drought status, this rain provided some relief for waterfowl wintering in the region. With more water available in the Central Valley than was anticipated before the hunting season began, some water restrictions have been rescinded, meaning many duck clubs, farms, and other water users were able to draw runoff from drainage ditches.
More: Drought Eases Slightly in California
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