Hundreds of farmworkers gathered outside Fresno City Hall ahead of the meeting on Wednesday morning. They held signs and chanted, "Water, water!" in both English and Spanish.
The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing about the state's drought. It heard testimony from Central Valley farmers, community leaders and state officials.
California is in its third consecutive dry year. Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency, and in February President Barack Obama visited to see the crisis firsthand, delivering millions of dollars in relief aid.
A congressional committee is taking up California's drought crisis in Fresno at the heart of the state's agricultural region.
The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday will hear testimony from Central Valley farmers, community leaders and state water officials - all grappling with the drought. The hearing at Fresno's City Hall is titled "California Water Crisis and its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions."
California is in its third consecutive dry year. Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency, and in February President Barack Obama visited to see the crisis firsthand, delivering millions in relief aid.
Democratic Rep. Jim Costa, who serves on the committee, says he hopes the hearing in his hometown will bring solutions rather than enflame partisan politics over water.
There was "minor improvement" in California drought conditions over the past week. But as long-term drought persists throughout the west, and storage levels drop, water supply is a worry.
(AP) — The House has waded into a long-running California water war. Lawmakers have endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.
The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.
California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.
California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.