Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency; Northridge Quake 20-Year Anniversary

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From Mission Viejo Patch:

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.

Read the full story on Mission Viejo Patch.

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Margaret Bryant January 18, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Thank you for great reports!
mimi January 18, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Cloud seeding NOW!
MJA January 19, 2014 at 05:21 PM
There should be mandatory water rationing right now. After 3 years of little rain and reservoirs already low we must dig in.


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