The governor can’t control the weather, but he does have quite a bit of power over the budget. Brown and Democratic leaders want to spend more than $680 million on projects to provide immediate, and longer term, drought relief.
“We don’t know when it’s going to rain. Or, if it does rain, we don’t know how long it’s going to rain," Brown said. "And, therefore, we really don’t know how bad the drought is going to be over the next year or two or three."
Brown’s plan requires legislative approval. Most of the money will come from bonds earmarked for water infrastructure. Much will go toward projects that help communities capture and manage water.
State Republicans say the Democrat's plan does not go far enough. They say they'll propose legislation of their own.
Cal Fire says four years of drought and the timing of the rains this spring have combined to make 2015 the worst fire conditions on record.
The fourth year of drought and above-normal summer temperatures are not expected to put a strain on California’s power supply.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
Governor Jerry Brown’s new proposal to allow local water agency employees to fine California water wasters up to $10,000 without going to court is creating fears of government overreach.
The American Lung Association's annual air quality report said many California cities have some of the worst air pollution in the country.