Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday proclaimed a drought state of emergency in
"We have to recognize this is not a partisan adversary," Brown
said at a news conference in San Francisco Friday morning.
"This is Mother Nature. We have to live within the resources we
have," the governor said.
Brown said 2014 is projected to become the driest year on record
His proclamation of a state of emergency includes a series of
executive orders requiring state agencies to aid affected farmers and
communities by expediting water transfers and releasing stored water from
The governor also ordered state agencies to implement water
conservation plans and called on all Californians to reduce their water usage
by 20 percent.
"We all depend on one another," he said.
Brown said he hopes to get federal aid to deal with the drought
but said he did not know specifically what that aid might be.