Governor Brown Finally Declares Drought Emergency in California

Kiki Jones, Director of Digital Content, kikijones@kionrightnow.com
POSTED: 09:25 AM PST Jan 17, 2014    UPDATED: 12:45 PM PST Jan 17, 2014 
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.

Worst droughts in U.S. history

POSTED: 08:23 AM PDT Jul 16, 2012    UPDATED: 07:04 AM PST Feb 14, 2014 

Drought aid is on the way for California, currently in the midst of one of the driest spells on record. Take a look at the worst droughts in U.S. history.

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President Barack Obama is traveling to California and announce a new federal initiative aimed at helping farms and communities there in the grips of a devastating drought. Here are some other memorable dry spells through the years.