Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Drought In California



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 17, 2014

California is experiencing its third straight dry year and many of the state’s reservoirs are at historic lows. Brown says he won’t make water conservation mandatory, but he says it’s important to “awaken” Californians to the serious issue. 

Declaring a drought expedites water transfers to allow water to flow where it is needed most. It also relaxes some water quality regulations.

As part of the declaration, the California Department of Water Resources will also identify groundwater shortages and land fallowing and provide a update by April 30.

Read full proclamation

“We are in an unprecedented very serious situation and people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, on nature and one another.”

~Gov. Jerry Brown

 

 

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