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Gov. Brown Declares Drought Emergency in California

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday proclaimed a drought state of emergency in California.

"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 in California. 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 reservoirs.

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.

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Janice Savage January 17, 2014 at 08:55 PM
We all should have had those basic habits well in control by now ... think of how you can challenge yourself and those around you to see who can be the most creative, in a responsible, sustainable way,- that continues to heal the planet, helps global warming, feeds you healthier foods, bonds people again, - correctly done gardens - that help save water ...by not drying things out too much... Its actually stimulating and fun to figure it all out. Check out ideas at Common Ground, P.A. , Sustainable Farming... Organic Gardening etc... Uses much less water than GMO , Processed Food products..
Nancy Krosse January 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Maybe the Redwood City City Council should consider pumping the brakes on all of the building in town. How are we supposed to provide water to all of these new residents?
RGN January 19, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Redwood City, no, but I do think that it is about time to consider a moratorium in the areas that can NOT support their own water needs.Examples: Mendocino and Southern California.With all the concern for our environment when will do the responsible thing and cease building where our environment can't support more people?Water conservation in farming needs some improvements ,too. Flooding fields as a watering technique is no longer viable nor reasonable.
Nancy Krosse January 19, 2014 at 05:13 PM
And Redwood City can support its own water needs? We need to stop the incessant building in this City.
Chris January 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM
How about desalination plants? We'd have an inexhaustible supply of fresh water for the Bay Area and not have to rely on rain and snowfall. Of course energy use is a concern, but with enough solar and wave electricity generation to offset grid electrical use it seems a viable option.

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