Governor declares drought emergency

Governor declares drought emergency

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown Friday officially declared a drought emergency in California, saying the state is facing what may be “the worst drought California has ever seen.”

Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on “all citizens” to cut back “at least 20% of their water use.” He was flanked by charts and photos showing the state’s anemic precipitation and snowpack.

We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use,” Brown said, adding that conservation efforts would be “voluntary.”

Brown’s announcement comes as state reservoirs are critically low and cities across the state have instituted water-rationing measures.

Lawmakers, farmers and activists have been urging the governor to take the step for weeks.


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