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California Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Brown called for a collaborative effort to restrain water use, urging Californians to conserve in every way possible.

Photo Credit: Sandhya Dirks
Photo Credit: Sandhya Dirks
Written by Tarryn Mento/KPBS


Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency Friday morning amid one of California's driest winters on record.

"We are in a unprecedented, very serious situation, and people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, on nature and one another," he told a room full of reporters in San Francisco.

Brown called for a collaborative effort to restrain water use, urging Californians to conserve in every way possible.

"I'm also setting in motion easier water transfers so a farmer who really needs water — who's willing to pay for it — can get it from another farmer who doesn't necessarily need it," he said.

Under the declaration, state water officials have more flexibility to manage California's water supply amid drought conditions, a statement from his office said.

Just Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture named 27 California counties primary natural disaster areas due to recent drought.

Will you be making any changes to help conserve water? Share your thoughts and tips with us in the comments section below.

Shripathi Kamath January 17, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Droughts are part of Earth's natural cycle, and mankind has suffered from droughts *and* floods throughout its entire 6,000 year history. This is typical liberal scare-tactics by Governor Moonbeam. All freedom loving patriots should ignore this and use as much as water as is needed. In fact, use more. Why does the government get to tell us how much water we should drink? Big interest farms are behind this. In reality, there is no drought. All you have to do is turn on your tap and there is water. Lots of water. ___________________________________________________ "Just Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture named 27 California counties primary natural disaster areas due to recent drought." ___________________________________________________ More bureaucratic nonsense. Just a few months ago, they were flash flood warnings. Tell me something, can an area that has flash floods ever suffer from drought?
rob January 17, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Just because there is a flash flood warning doesn't automatically bring rain. Been here long enough to know that some warnings never happen
Tornado Johnson January 17, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Another State of Emergency? Yaaawwwnnn....
Shripathi Kamath January 17, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Likewise, just because there is a drought warning, it doesn't automatically bring drought, right?
nobody January 17, 2014 at 08:04 PM
I think we should impeach Brown! He can not even make it rain!

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