California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought state of emergency and called for statewide water conservation. Brown directed the state to manage water for drought conditions and asked that asked that all Californians conserve water wherever possible.
This has been the driest year in California’s recorded history. The state’s snowpack is at only 20 percent of water content typical for this time of year. Rivers and reservoirs are below record lows.
These water shortfalls can be disastrous for farms, communities, and fire-prone areas. Brown directed state officials to assist economically impacted farmers and ensure adequate drinking water supply. The governor also directed state agencies to use less water and hire more firefighters.
In May 2013, Brown issued an executive order directing state water officials to expedite review and processing of voluntary transfers of water and water rights. In December 2013, Brown formed a Drought Task Force.
Details on Brown’s public awareness campaign can be found at saveourh2o.org.