State of Emergency declared in California

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency because of drought. State officials say California’s rivers and reservoirs are below record lows and the mountain snowpack water content is 20 percent of normal for this time of year.

Under the declaration, Brown is directing state officials to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions and to ensure the state can respond if Californians face drinking water shortages. The Governor also directed state agencies to use less water, hire more firefighters and initiated a greatly expanded water conservation public awareness campaign.

In December the Governor appointed a Drought Task Force to review expected water allocations.

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