Monterey County

Governor Brown Finally Declares Drought Emergency in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown is declaring what local farmers have known for a while, that California is in a drought.

"We can't make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California's drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas," said Brown. "I've declared this emergency and I'm calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible."

 With 2013 being the driest year in recorded state history, California is facing water shortfalls.

In the State of Emergency declaration, Governor Brown directed state officials to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions and to ensure the state can respond if Californians face drinking-water shortages.

State water officials say that California's rivers and reservoirs are extremely low. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack's statewide water content at about 20 percent of the average for this time of year.

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