Reflections On California's Unprecedented Water Reductions Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Frank Gehrke, left, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, and Gov. Jerry Brown walk across a dry meadow that is usually covered in several inches of snow.Rich Pedroncelli / AP Standing in a dry field that should have been buried in snow Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the first statewide water restrictions in history. Citing the lowest snowpack ever recorded, the governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. He’s also taking many other steps to implement long-term solutions to the drought in case it persists past 2016. Leo McElroy is a longtime reporter who watched Brown grapple with a severe drought nearly 40 years ago. He joins us to explain what’s different this time around.