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Riverside County Renews Local Emergency to Combat Citrus Greening Disease

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A photo of orange trees at the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside.

On Jan. 8, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors renewed a local emergency to help combat citrus greening disease.

The declaration was resubmitted by the county's agriculture commissioner and was approved by a 5-0 vote.

According to City News Service, the local emergency began after three Riverside citrus trees contracted citrus greening disease in 2017. The disease causes the fruit to turn green and stunts the plant's growth.

Since the 2017 outbreak, the state has placed a 94-square-mile quarantine zone around the site, with citrus products needing to be commercially cleaned and packed if they want to leave the zone.

Jonathan Linden is a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and had previously interned for the station in the Spring of 2019. Outside of KVCR, Jonathan also interned for KALW in San Francisco, KFI in Burbank, and Radio HCJB in Quito, Ecuador.