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.
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.
California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.
CAL FIRE increases staffing as the forecast of dry lightning and thunderstorms raises wildfire risk in northern California and western Nevada.
The Washington Fire has burned within about three miles of the small town of Markleeville in Alpine County. But crews have made protecting the community a priority.