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Governor Issues Drought Declaration

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has called for a State of Emergency because of three years of below average rain and snowfall in the state.

Urban water agencies are urged to reduce water use by 20 percent under the declaration. Mandatory rationing is an option if that and other measures prove insufficient.

Numerous lawmakers, including area Senators Dave Cogdill and Dave Cox, are calling for improvements to be made to California’s water infrastructure.

Three dry winters have left California’s state and federally operated reservoirs at their lowest levels since 1992. Federal water managers plan to temporarily cut off water this March to thousands of California farms.

The state says it probably will deliver just 15 percent of the water contractors have requested this year.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com