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Drought-stricken California ponders future of conservation

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FRESNO, California (AP) — 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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